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January 21, 2008

The Jaws of (NFL) life

MT. LAUREL, N.J. | Ron Jaworski is the lead analyst on Monday Night Football. He owns three golf courses. He gives motivational speeches. He's part-owner of a hotel. He recently became a grandfather. He's going to Pebble Beach in March. He's president of an Arena League Football team.

God, it's a wonderful life for the Philly ex-jock, isn't it?

Well, it's Tuesday morning at NFL Films headquarters, located near the end of a nondescript business park about 30 miles from Philadelphia, and it apparently gets better for Jaworski.

"Look at that! Can you believe that!" shouts Jaworski, pointing toward the huge TV screen about five feet in front of his face.

"Again, Shawne Merriman is being blocked by one guy, (Colts left tackle) Tony Ugoh. That's all. They're not even chipping him (with a running back)," he says. "I can't believe it. The Colts are treating Merriman like a regular guy. Trust me, Bill Belichick sees this, too."

You'd have thought he found gold in Alaska. You wonder if Albert Einstein got as excited when he figured out that E=mc2.

Jaworski and his lead producer, Greg Cosell, flanked a few feet behind "Jaws," as he is called by his friends and co-workers, confer after the finding.

They conclude that this issue | Merriman possibly being overrated | is worth highlighting on their "State Farm NFL Matchup" show on ESPN, and produced by NFL Films, every Sunday morning.

"We have to do this Jaws," said Cosell, a nephew of probably the greatest sports media personality of all-time, Howard Cosell.

"The country believes that Merriman is a great player. I'm sure New England fans believe Merriman is a great player. The Colts apparently don't think so," he said. "And neither do I."

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