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ESPN's Highest-Paid Personality Is Jon Gruden, According To The Author Of The ESPN Book

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How many guesses do you think you would need to name ESPN's highest-paid personality? 

More than you think, probably. 

According to James Andrew Miller, the author of the ESPN book, Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN, the network's highest-paid employee is its face of Monday Night Football

Jon Gruden, the Super Bowl-winning former head coach and NFL analyst, is ESPN's highest-paid personality. He makes roughly $6.5 million a year, per Miller. 

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Gruden is a somewhat surprising answer just because he's not on TV as much as many other ESPN personalities. 

The NFL and Monday Night Football are ESPN's cash cows, though, and Gruden is seen by many as the face of the sport for the network. 

Gruden is often linked to head coaching vacancies, but with a salary of $6.5 million, it's hard to imagine him leaving ESPN.