NBC’s Cris Collinsworth is currently a television sportscaster for NBC, Showtime and the NFL Network. But Collinsworth has been around football for a long time.
Here’s what you need to know about the sportscaster.
1. Collinsworth Replaced John Madden After Long Broadcasting Background
Collinsworth began his broadcasting career as a sports radio talk show host on Cincinnati station WLW in 1988. After joining NBC in 1996, Collinsworth left two years later when he joined the NFL on Fox team after NBC lost their broadcast rights to CBS.
But Collinsworth later returned to NBC as a studio analyst for the network’s Sunday Night NFL coverage in 2006.
Then, in 2009, it was announced that Collinsworth would replace legendary sportscaster John Madden on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
2. He Played for the Florida Gators
Collingsworth played wide receiver for the Florida Gators from 1977 to 1980.
As a Gator wide receiver, he was a first-team All-SEC selection in 1978, 1979 and 1980, and a first-team All-American, a first-team Academic All-American, and a team captain in 1980.
During his career at Florida, he caught 120 passes for 1,937 yards and fourteen touchdowns, while also scoring two rushing touchdowns and one on a kickoff return.
3. He Spent 8 Seasons With the Bengals
After college, Collinsworth spent eight seasons playing for the Cincinnati Bengals. While in Cincinnati, Collinsworth was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and surpassed 1,000 receiving yards four times over the course of his career.
In Super Bowl XVI, Collinsworth caught four passes for 107 yards, but committed a costly fumble when he was hit by San Francisco defensive back Eric Wright.
His final game was in Super Bowl XXIII, where he caught three passes for 40 yards.
He finished his eight-season NFL career with 417 receptions for 6,698 yards and 36 touchdowns in 107 games.
4. His Son Played at Notre Dame
Collingsworth’s son, Austin, was a captain for the Notre Dame football team, and graduated in 2013. While at Notre Dame, Austin Collingsworth was a safety for the Fightin’ Irish.
In his senior season of 2013, Austin Collingsworth started 11 games, made 43 tackles – including 11 against Stanford – and had three interceptions over the course of the season.
In 2012, when Notre Dame made the BCS National Championship Game before falling to Alabama, Collingsworth missed the entire season due to a shoulder injury suffered in spring practice.
5. He Was Rescued From a Floating Restaurant
Collinsworth was among 83 people rescued from Jeff Ruby’s Waterfront restaurant in Covington, Kentucky in March 2011, after the floating restaurant tore loose from its moorings and began to drift on the Ohio River. The floating restaurant was stopped by a bridge that links Ohio to Kentucky.