Mike Golic said goodbye to ESPN Radio after 22 years on Friday. While signing off from his basement — surrounded by his family — the former NFL player sounded at peace after his incredible run. Still, he wishes his bosses had been the ones to break the bad news to him.
“Unfortunately, the tough time this time around is I basically heard it was ending through the media. which, to me, isn’t the best way to find something out,” Golic said on the “That’s What She Said” podcast with Sarah Spain.
“I don’t think that’s the right way. But they didn’t ask me, so what I thought was the right way, it’s business. At the end of the day, it’s business. I’ve always said this about this about football and it’s true in anything, you’ve got to be careful at taking things too personally.”
Golic was hoping the show he pioneered with Mike Greenberg would go on even if it was without Wingo.
“Whether Trey wanted to do that or not, to me, wasn’t the issue,” Golic said. “If he didn’t want to do it, and it was going to change, I thought, well I should still be on the show, and let’s just change it.”
Golic’s run ended on emotional note, as his son Mike who has been a co-host on the program, started crying. His father soon joined him as he signed off.
Earlier in the month, Golic said he was on vacation when The Post reported ESPN was ending his show with Trey Wingo.
“I go away on vacation, what the hell happens? Oh my God. I come back and all of a sudden there’s an expiration date,” Golic said then. “It certainly was not my choice. I would’ve loved to have kept doing the show, but listen, I didn’t want to be cut by the Houston Oilers. I didn’t want to be cut by the Miami Dolphins. Sometimes what you want and what happens isn’t the same.”
Golic, 57, will remain a college football analyst with ESPN, and previously stated his desire to continue working.
“I’m not retiring. I’m too young to retire. My wife won’t let me,” Golic said. “I’m still going to stay in the business. This was management’s choice to do it. Just like coaches, they have every right to do what they want to do. I would love to keep doing it, but not in the cards right now. We’ll see where it goes.”
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