After nearly nine years with ESPN.com, veteran NFL scribe Len Pasquarelli has left the four-letter network.
Though Pasquarelli’s work still appears on the ESPN.com NFL page, his last item was posted on August 6. His name appears on two articles published today at CBSSports.com/the SportsXchange, and an industry source has confirmed that Len has indeed moved on, and moved out from Bristol.
Pasquarelli arrived from CBSSportsline.com in 2001, and for years he was one of ESPN.com’s primary online voices. In recent years, however, the proliferation of the network’s blog presence and the arrival of Adam Schefter have pushed Pasquarelli into the margins.
Pasquarelli also has overcome some serious health challenges over the past 30 months, beginning with emergency heart bypass surgery after he cast his ballot for the 2008 Hall of Fame class.
Now, Pasquarelli appears to be back on the horse, and we wish him well. He is one of the unsung deans of the Internet era, one of the few old-school scribes whose approach to digital media was something other than “ignore it and hope it goes away.”