Fans React to Robert Griffin III Being Replaced By Jason Kelce on ‘MNF’


The world of sports broadcasting has been changing in the past few months. Many analysts have been let go such as Melissa Stark, James Palmer, and Will Selva. “NFL Total Access” was also canceled after 21 years on the air.

One of the biggest mainstays in NFL coverage, “Monday Night Countdown,” is also going through a significant change. It was announced that retired Philadelphia Eagles standout and podcaster Jason Kelce signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to become a main host for the “Monday Night Football” coverage.

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, JANUARY 20: ESPN reporter Michelle Beisner-Buck (L) and analyst Robert Griffin III cover the pregame show at the AFC Divisional Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 20, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland….

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He will appear on the “Monday Night Countdown” show leading into joining Scott Van Pelt and Ryan Clark during halftime with analysis. Kelce joining the program comes with some bad news: Robert Griffin III is not returning. Fans had been very fond of Griffin’s analysis, but he will no longer be doing so on “MNF.” He will instead be involved with ESPN in other capacities.

The news of Griffin being replaced by Kelce has already hit the internet, with fans a bit displeased with the decision.

A lot of fans are questioning the move to replace Griffin with Kelce, especially since the former was one of the more beloved analysts who appeared in the “MNF” broadcasts. ESPN isn’t obligated to — and rarely does — explain its personnel decisions publicly. Their reasons for diminishing Griffin’s role could range from his willingness to spar on Twitter/X to the simple fact of Kelce being a bigger name in the moment. Either way, it’s an odd choice to demote a talented broadcaster.

Kelce has become more than just a celebrity in the NFL, as his “New Heights Podcast” with brother Travis skyrocketed to the No. 1 slot once it was revealed that he was dating pop icon Taylor Swift.

Jason and Travis Kelce have turned their podcast into a huge draw, and it has certainly opened doors for both of them. Jason is now moving into a broadcasting role with ESPN while Travis is set to appear on more than one TV show.

Travis was most recently inked a deal as the new host of the “Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity” show — a riff of the famous “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” game show. He will also hold a starring role on “Grotesquerie,” a new horror series from creator Ryan Murphy.

Hopefully Griffin was not let go simply to replace him with an unproven broadcaster whose celebrity appeal is high. Either way, fans appear not to be happy that Griffin will not be involved in a deeper analyst role for the 2024 NFL season.