Rush Limbaugh – ESPN (2003)
Only Craig James’ three-day tenure at FOX Sports beats this out in terms of brevity. Longtime political pundit and popular radio host Rush Limbaugh tried his hand at sports broadcasting in 2003, joining ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, the popular weekly show hosted by Chris Berman. On September 28, just a few weeks into the season, Limbaugh stated Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb got too much credit for the team’s success because of the media’s desire for a black quarterback to succeed.
Time transcribed Limbaugh’s statement:
“I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL,” he said. “I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They’re interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there’s a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.”
Limbaugh resigned from ESPN shortly thereafter, ending a very brief foray into sports.