Cris Collinsworth

NBC Football Lead Analyst

As the lead game analyst for NBC’s Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football series, Cris Collinsworth is regarded as the top analyst in football broadcasting.  In 2009, Collinsworth replaced the legendary John Madden and now provides color commentary teaming up with Al Michaels.  The duo has also provided commentary in the broadcast booth for NBC’s coverage of both Super Bowl XLVI (2012) and XLIX (2015).

 

As a result of his excellence behind the microphone, Collinsworth has garnered 16 Sports Emmy Awards for categories including Outstanding Personality, Best Event Analyst (NBC/NFL Network) and Best Studio Analyst (HBO/FOX/NBC).

In celebration of the NFL's 100 season, the NFL Media Group produced a suite of programming that pays tribute to the people, players, coaches, memories and moments that have, and continue to contribute to the NFL's legacy.  The NFL's All-Time Team  anchored NFL 100-themed programming and content premiering across the NFL's television and digital platforms in the fall of 2019. Charged with unveiling the highest echelon of players and coaches spanning the league's 100-year history, NFL Media enlisted an iconic trio whose experience collectively spans more than five decades. NFL Network and DIRECTV Audience Network host Rich Eisen joins NBC's Sunday Night Football game analyst Cris Collinsworth and eight-time Super Bowl Champion head coach Bill Belichick as hosts of The NFL's All-Time Team. Over six episodes, Eisen, Collinsworth and Belichick were joined by special guests to discuss the results of a 26-person blue ribbon panel tasked with crowning the NFL's All-Time Team -- the roster of 100 players and 10 coaches named "The Greatest" in their respective positions. 

 

Prior to joining Michaels in the booth, Collinsworth was the lead studio analyst for NBC’s Sunday Night Football from 2006-2008. In addition to his football responsibilities at NBC, he appeared as a correspondent during NBC’s broadcasts of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

 

From 1989-2013, the Cincinnati, OH resident was a part of the award-winning “Inside The NFL” program on both HBO and Showtime.  Collinsworth served as an in-studio analyst for the top-rated studio show “FOX NFL Sunday” from 1998-2002 and for three seasons following that he was part of FOX’s lead broadcast team with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

 

Collinsworth also hosted WLW-AM’s “Sports Talk” program in Cincinnati, OH from 1989-2004.

 

Prior to his career in sports broadcasting, Collinsworth was a prolific wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals for eight seasons.  He helped lead the Bengals to two Super Bowls – XVI (1982) and XXIII (1984) – where they were defeated by the San Francisco 49ers on both occasions. Collinsworth was selected to three Pro Bowls from 1981-83 and was named NFL Rookie of the Year in 1981.

 

The University of Florida product was selected by the Bengals in the 2nd Round of the 1981 NFL Draft after a standout collegiate career where he was named an All-American during his senior year campaign. Following his playing days, Collinsworth received his Law degree from the University of Cincinnati Law School in 1991.

 

Through his selfless personality and compassionate behavior, Collinsworth can be seen through his creation and support for The Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund. The Fund’s goal is to enhance the lives of all women by promoting breast cancer awareness and education, provide breast cancer services and to supply unique opportunities for children to enhance their intellectual development. 

 

Collinsworth is part-owner of Pro Football Focus, a leading sports analytics website, since 2014. He became the national spokesperson for Western & Southern Financial Group in 2013 and has appeared as the voice of multiple DirecTV commercials. In addition, he previously served as a spokesperson for FedEx.  Collinsworth was also the voice EA Sports game Madden NFL for three seasons.

 

Collinsworth is also a co-owner and contributor to The Experts Network (TXN), an interactive digital sports network consisting of sports analysis along with Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, Howie Long, Nick Faldo and Cal Ripken, Jr. Launched in April 2011, TXN specializes in the development of digital and original programming, repurposed content and high-end special events.  The interactive platform formulates strategic distribution partnerships with online sports networks and serves as the online “destination” sports property.

 

Along with his wife Holly and four children (Katie, Austin, Ashley and Jack), Collinsworth now resides in Kentucky. His son Austin played safety for the Notre Dame Football team and daughter Ashley is currently a member of the Harvard Track squad.