John Clayton says goodbye to ESPN with a classic, hilarious tweet

Clayton handled it with class, saying his 23-year relationship with ESPN was the second-best of his life after his marriage to his wife Pat, then injected some humor.

Clayton, who is based in the Seattle area, has a radio show on 710 ESPN KIRO, which is not affiliated with the network and licenses the name.

"I am well taken care of by ESPN", he wrote.

The Clayton layoff is part of a wider downsizing in the sports media industry, as reputable names across the board have been laid off this year.

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And after more than two decades at the network, Clayton leaves behind quite a legacy in Bristol.

Clayton starred in one of ESPN's best "This is SportsCenter" commercials in 2012, as he provides commentary to anchor Stan Verrett. Last year, the network moved on from Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson, and Ray Lewis for its National Football League coverage. Trent Dilfer, Ed Werder and Britt McHenry are also out.

Clayton also made a reference to his unbelievable SportsCenter commercial.

The layoff only affects Clayton's roles on television and at ESPN.com, per Sporting News. Cable and satellite providers charge each customer $7 a month for the ESPN channels, so the loss of income for ESPN is massive. He was inducted into the writer's wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.

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