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Cris Collinsworth

NBC Football Lead Analyst

2023, Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee

Cris Collinsworth is a 2023 Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee, 17-time Emmy-Award winner and has served as the lead game analyst for NBC’s Sunday Night Football since 2009, when he replaced John Madden in the booth. SNF has been the #1 rated primetime TV show for an unprecedented 12 consecutive years. He has called five Super Bowls, four alongside longtime partner Al Michaels. 

Collinsworth also served as game analyst for both seasons of Thursday Night Football, partnering with Michaels in 2016 and Mike Tirico in 2017.  In addition, he served as a studio analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America from 2006-2008.

He was a part of the top-rated studio show FOX NFL Sunday from 1998-2002 and during that time was also a member of FOX’s lead broadcast team with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. From 1989-2013, he was a member of Inside The NFL, on both HBO and Showtime.  

After joining NBC Sports in 1990, Collinsworth served as a game analyst on select college football broadcasts, highlighted by the 1994 Fiesta Bowl and 1995 Orange Bowl national championship game between Miami and Nebraska.

In addition to his football responsibilities, Collinsworth has been a part of four Olympics for NBC. He made his Olympic broadcast debut as a track & field reporter at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and then appeared as a correspondent during broadcasts of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Ohio-native also hosted WLW-AM’s “Sports Talk” program in Cincinnati 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.  He had four 1,0000-yard seasons and ranks first on the Bengals all-time career receptions list.

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.

Collinsworth is majority owner of Pro Football Focus (PFF), which utilizes an exclusive and proprietary grading system to analyze the performance of every NFL and college player on each snap, grading their performances against others at the same position. All 32 NFL clubs and most of the league’s rights holders work directly with PFF to use its play-by-play and player grading analytics.


Through his selfless personality and compassionate behavior, Collinsworth has dedicated his time to the The Cris Collinsworth ProScan Fund, enhancing 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. 

Since 2013, he has been the national spokesperson for Western & Southern Financial Group 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 of the EA Sports game Madden NFL for three seasons.

Collinsworth is 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.

He and his wife Holly reside in Kentucky and have four children, Katie, Austin, Ashley and Jac, as well as two grandchildren. 

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