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New York Jets: Keyshawn Johnson could join ESPN Radio morning show

20 Sep 1998: A portrait of Keyshawn Johnson #19 of the New York Jets taken as he looks across the field during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Giant Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Colts 44-6.
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Former New York Jets No. 1 overall pick Keyshawn Johnson may be in line to join the newest ESPN Radio morning show.

Just give him the damn mic. Keyshawn Johnson might be the next big part of the ESPN Radio morning show.

The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand reports the end of the line for “Golic & Wingo” and the start of a new show potentially centered around the New York Jets 1996 No. 1 overall pick and former Duke point guard Jay Williams.

“ESPN is replacing “Golic & Wingo” in the mornings with a program likely centered around (Keyshawn) Johnson and (Jay) Williams with (Zubin) Mehenti the point guard, according to sources. ESPN is currently negotiating to make it happen. ESPN already announced that Johnson is joining its daily “NFL Live” program, meaning he is moving east from Los Angeles, where he currently is on local ESPN Radio.”

Johnson, 47, has long been employed by ESPN. He joined the Bristol, CT organization as an NFL analyst following his retirement in 2007.

Drafted first in the 1996 NFL draft out of USC, No. 19 played four seasons for the Jets, two of which resulted in trips to Honolulu (Pro Bowl appearances, for the youngsters out there).

After two solid campaigns in 1996 and 1997, Johnson took the NFL by storm upon the arrival of quarterback Vinny Testaverde (Bill Parcells’ second season). In 1998, he amassed 1,131 yards and 10 scores on 83 receptions only to double-down on that total a year later (1,170 yards and 8 touchdowns on 89 grabs).

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Parcells stepping down as head coach after the disappointing 1999 campaign equaled big changes for the organization. Leon Hess passed away, Woody Johnson bought the team and Keyshawn was shipped to Tampa Bay in a deal that helped New York fetch four first-round picks in the 2000 NFL draft.

Johnson would go on to make just one more Pro Bowl over the final seven seasons of his career (2001) but did win a ring with the Buccaneers in 2002.

As far as the ESPN Radio lineup is concerned, Mike Golic‘s former morning partner, Mike Greenberg, an avid Jets fan, has been hosting his TV show, “Get Up,” since the pair split. It’s expected that Greenberg becomes a part of the new afternoon lineup.

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