Writer/commentator John Clayton among ESPN layoffs

ESPN has let go of yet another longtime National Football League reporter.

ESPN's decision to lay him off was a shock to many who have followed the National Football League over the past two-plus decades. He will continue to broadcast his ESPN radio program, which airs in Seattle, because ESPN radio affiliates are independently owned. Among the biggest names were Ed Werder, Andrew Brandt, Ashley Fox, Marc Stein, Chad Ford, Sarah Walsh, Britt McHenry, Brett McMurphy, Jayson Stark, Trent Dilfer, Doug Glanville, Jaymee Sire, Chris Hassel and Jay Crawford.

When ESPN was in the midst of massive layoffs last month, we knew that all the names would not be publicly released at the time.

Eventually, the man nicknamed "The Professor" was a regular on the national NFL beat for ESPN.

Clayton confirmed the news on Twitter Wednesday after The Sporting News first reported it as part of the many layoffs at ESPN.

The increasing political content on ESPN has also reportedly taken a toll on viewership, and by extension, revenue according to many media industry observers.

While Clayton has broke a litany of stories in his Hall of Fame career at ESPN, he's perhaps best remembered for his starring role in a legendary 2012 "This is SportsCenter" commercial.

  • Rosalie Stanley