If you’re the sort of football fan who wakes up in time to catch the NFL pre-game shows every fall Sunday, you’ll be seeing some new faces on CBS beginning next year.
Recently retired tight end Tony Gonzalez will join the lineup of “The NFL Today” in 2014 and mainstays Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe will depart, the network announced Tuesday. Gonzalez will team with Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and James Brown.
“Having just stepped off the playing field, Tony brings a fresh and insightful perspective,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said in a statement, via ProFootballTalk.com. “As a future Hall of Famer, we are excited for him to share his knowledge, experiences and opinions with our viewers. Tony was one of the most respected and hardworking players in the NFL and a tremendous teammate. We look forward to him bringing these attributes to CBS Sports.
“While we welcome Tony, we want to acknowledge Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe who have contributed greatly to the success of The NFL Today for more than a decade. Dan and Shannon are true Hall of Famers on the field and in front of the camera. As they pursue other professional opportunities, we thank them for their hard work and dedication and wish them nothing but the best.”
Just what those “other professional opportunities” remain to be seen, but today’s news has a good many Miami Dolphins fans hoping that Marino will join the team’s front office, a la John Elway in Denver.
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