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Jaworski recalls first Monday night game — from his YSU dorm room

By Rob Todor

Monday, October 13, 2008

By Rob Todor

WOODMERE — Ron Jaworski remembers where he watched the first Monday Night Football game way back in 1970.

“In my dorm room at Kilcawley Hall,” said the 16-year NFL quarterback and Youngstown State University graduate.

“There was about dozen people in that little room — we even slid in an extra bunk bed so guys could sit and watch — and because I had a TV they all came to my room.”

Jaworski, who called Monday night’s game between the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants for ESPN, said his interest in that first game — played between the Browns and the New York Jets — was piqued for several reasons.

“It was [Jets quarterback] Joe Namath and as a kid growing up in Buffalo I was an old American Football League fan,” he said. “It was Broadway Joe, it was pretty special.

Read more in Tuesday’s Vindicator.