Booger McFarland explains why criticism he receives during his broadcasting career never gets to him
After only two years in the Monday Night Football booth, ESPN decided to move on from commentator Booger McFarland.
At least he lasted longer than Jason Witten.
ESPN has yet to officially announce the next broadcasting crew for Monday Night Football but McFarland and Joe Tessitore are out after two seasons together working the game. During his one year in the booth with McFarland and Tessitore, Witten was the target of much criticism before he decided to return to the Dallas Cowboys for the 2019 season.
With Witten gone, much of the negative publicity the Monday Night crew received was directed at McFarland. However, following a successful playing career, with much of that time spent in the limelight, McFarland says the negativity never got to him.
“I’ve been in the arena since I was 13, man. As an athlete, the cool part of having dealt with fans for years, you understand that fans are going to love you sometimes and fans are going to hate you sometimes. That is part of it,” McFarland said in an interview with the New York Post.
“Anytime you are the biggest fish in the pond, you have to deal with a lot of things.”
It’s unclear what his next role will be with ESPN, even McFarland is in the dark on that one, but he is expected to stay with ESPN and continue to work covering the NFL in some capacity.
“I have a couple of years left on my contract so I’m not going anywhere, so I’m assuming that we get through this pandemic and everything that is going on with that, we will figure it out,” McFarland added.
If nothing else, he’s taking the best approach to being replaced after barely getting an opportunity to show what he can do in the booth. Here’s to hoping the next time he has an opportunity of this magnitude, he’s given enough time to show what he has to offer.