Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis is reportedly among those who have lost their jobs with ESPN as part of the company’s massive layoffs, per Michael McCarthy of Sporting News.
“The Pro Football Hall of Famer lost his gig as part of ESPN’s recent layoff of 100 analysts, anchors and online writers, said sources. Among the big names who have lost their jobs: Trent Dilfer, Ed Werder, Danny Kanell, Jayson Stark, Britt McHenry, Marc Stein, Andy Katz and Jade McCarthy.”
Bettis had been with ESPN since 2013, appearing on “NFL Live” and “Sportscenter.” He also was involved in ESPN Radio. Previously, “The Bus” had signed on with NBC and then NFL Network after retiring from the NFL.
ESPN has not commented on Bettis’ reported dismissal, per McCarthy, and Bettis has also chosen not to make his status known publicly. To this point it’s been up to the ex-employees to out themselves, rather than the company to provide a list of names of those it is letting go. It’s also been alleged that many of the cuts have been politically motivated, which might have something to do with the secrecy.
It’s likely Bettis will land on his feet with a new gig. In addition to his decade of experience in broadcasting, he’s been among the most well loved former NFL players on television since he retired following a Super Bowl win with Pittsburgh in 2006.