ESPN lays off John Clayton, face of famous 'SportsCenter' ad

Following stints at The Pittsburgh Press and Tacoma's News Tribune, in 1995 he joined ESPN as a reporter; most recently he served as a senior National Football League writer and commentator for the network.

Clayton, nicknamed "The Professor", had been with ESPN for 23 years as a senior writer and commentator. "I have daily show on 710 ESPN Seattle 10 to 12 pacific".

Some of the most recognizable faces in ESPN's National Football League coverage have left the company over the past year. ESPN and Clayton both declined comment. However, when it comes to breaking and covering news, there's no doubt ESPN is going to be affected in some way when people like Clayton and others are no longer working at the network. In 2016, the company cut ties with Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis.

He joins a laundry list of strong talent to be given their walking papers by the cable television empire, including the likes of Chad Ford, Andy Katz and Ed Werder. Cable and satellite providers charge each customer $7 a month for the ESPN channels, so the loss of income for ESPN is massive.

Clayton also made a reference to his incredible SportsCenter commercial.

I am well taken care of by ESPN.