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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Theismann may do college football for ESPN/ABC news services

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Joe Theismann, replaced by Ron Jaworski as an analyst on Monday Night Football, says he's been offered a job doing college football for the ESPN/ABC networks.

"I've been an NFL guy since 1974, so for 33 years now that's been my life," Theismann said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "Now you are faced with the prospect of that not being in your future. It would be like training to be a doctor or a lawyer and having them say, 'we would like you to change to another profession.' I need some time to think about it."

Theismann, who led the Washington Redskins to two Super Bowls and played at Notre Dame, is being replaced on MNF by Jaworski, the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback.

The network announced Monday that Jaworski will join play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico and analyst Tony Kornheiser in the booth.

Critics had questioned the chemistry in the booth, but Theismann said that wasn't an issue.

"During a football telecast, it's about the game," he said. "When you get two good teams you get a high rating no matter who is in the booth. When you get two lousy teams, you get bad ratings."

Theismann said he was told Friday that he had done a great job, but that the network had decided to make a change.

Norby Williamson, ESPN's executive vice president for studio and remote production, said Monday that ESPN had great respect for Theismann as an analyst and would offer him another job.

"We would be making a mistake if we cannot get that done with him," he said.

Theismann said he will consider other opportunities, and is in no rush to make any decision.

"I haven't ruled out anything," he said. "I've never been in this situation. I've never had this kind of time before... I have to ask myself, 'would I have the same passion for anything else?' I believe it's all about loving what you do."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.