ESPN analyst Jaworski has the particular gift of sounding excited about everything, so he also talked about another project launched in April: Jaworski Turf Solutions, headed by Jaworski's son, B.J., and Charlie Clark, superintendent of Jaworski's four Jersey golf courses.
"Charlie Clark - he could grow grass on that ballroom floor, he's that good," Jaworski said. "We're maintaining grass at 1/32 of an inch when it's 90 degrees outside. If we have that equipment, why not put it to work?"
First contract? Maintaining Campbell's Field, home of the Camden Riversharks.
Question: Obviously, as a longtime ESPN analyst, you know a lot of people at the network. Did you have anything to do with convincing ESPN to broadcast AFL games?
Answer: Yes. I talked to a lot of people and fortunately I've developed good relationships with John Skipper, who is the president, John Wildhack and Norby Williamson - these are the guys that are the top executives at ESPN, and, by the way, they like the product. It's a little bit of niche product, but people are insane for football.
Q: But why Philadelphia?
A: Philadelphia is a really good arena market. People in this town love football. We had 12,300 at our season opener.
Q: What's normal?
A: About 10,000.
Q: The last AFL game ESPN broadcast was the 2008 championship, won by the Soul.
A: Unfortunately, the league went dark in 2009; it shut down to basically retool the business plan. We were dark for two years after winning the championship.
Q: Would you have made a good arena football quarterback?
A: No. It's a different game. I was a power thrower and that's what the NFL is about - a long way, velocity. Hard. Tight areas to throw the ball into. You had to have arm strength. The [arena] field is much shorter - 50 yards as opposed to 100. The arena is much more angles and touch than the outdoor game.
Q: With that strong arm, are you good at opening jars?
A: No, because I have arthritic hands. I can open jars, but I need one of those rubber things.
Q: You got into the golf course business while you were still playing for the Eagles. Why bother? Weren't you one of the highest-paid quarterbacks?
A: I played 17 years. The average NFL career is 31/2 years.
Q: So why was your career so long?
A: The good Lord took care of me. Still, I was always scared to death that my next play would be my last play. Blow my knee out. Blow my shoulder out. I wanted to be prepared if I couldn't play anymore that I'd have something to fall back on.
Q: Do quarterbacks get a lot of concussions?
A: Every position. I had 32.
Q: How do you feel?
A: I ask my wife every day, "How am I doing? Am I OK?"
Family: Wife, Liz; children, Joleen, 37, Jessica, 36, and B.J., 30.
Diplomas: Youngstown State, health, physical education.
Resumé: Drafted out of high school in baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals. After college, drafted by Los Angeles Rams. Joined the Eagles in 1977.
Nickname: "Jaws," for his gift of gab, useful as an ESPN analyst.
Golf game: High 70s to low 80s.
Ron Jaworski Golf: Controlling partner in Valleybrook, Blackwood; RiverWinds, West Deptford; Running Deer, Pittsgrove; Blue Heron Pines, Little Egg Harbor; Honey Run, York.
Business Clubs America: Area franchise of networking group.
Philadelphia Soul: Shares majority ownership with Craig Spencer, Arden Group.
Jaworski Turf Solutions: New venture.
What else: Limited partner in Chinese arena football venture.
Family charity: Jaws Youth Playbook.
Employs: 800 to 900, full time, part time, seasonal.
Ron Jaworski: U.S. colleges like arena football in China.
Interview questions and answers have been edited for space.