What happened to Cris Collinsworth on Thursday Night Football? Antonio Cris Collinsworth is an American sports journalist and former American football player who played eight seasons as a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was born in Dayton, Ohio on January 27, 1959. What happened to Cris Collinsworth on Thursday Night Football? The full story is in the article below.
Cris Collinsworth Play Life
Cris and his younger brother Greg were four years old when his family moved from Ohio to Melbourne, Florida. Cris excelled in multiple sports for the Astronaut War Eagles, winning the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 3A state championship in the 100-yard dash and being named a high school All-American running back during his senior year in 1976.
Collinsworth was selected in the second round (37th overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and spent the entire year with the team. He was the team’s leading receiver in his first season and set the Bengals franchise record for receptions by a rookie with 67, the most by an NFL rookie wide receiver in 21 years. He received over 1,000 yards four times (1981, 1983, 1985 and 1986) and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1981, 1982 and 1983.
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Collinsworth and Mike Tirico worked Thursday night’s Rams-Bills opener and their regular “Sunday Night Football” slot in Week 1. Collinsworth is known for his raspy, velvety on-air voice, but some viewers noted that the longtime analyst sounded particularly rough on Sunday night. While some were concerned about Collinsworth’s health, playmaker Tirico explained that this week’s extra game may have weakened his voice a bit.
During the first quarter, Tirico appeared to try to control Collinsworth’s voice a bit as the color commentator picked his spots to add some additional commentary. The Buccaneers-Cowboys game will be the first “Sunday Night Football” game of Tirico and Collinsworth’s tenure, with longtime broadcast partner ESPN moving to Amazon this offseason.
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Why did Cris Collinsworth retire?
Cris Collinsworth retired from football for unknown reasons; however, after retiring as an NFL player, he began his career as a sports radio host at WLW in Cincinnati. He began as a guest host with Bob Trumphy (also a Bengals alum), but eventually took over the series full-time as Trumphy accepted more television assignments. In 1996, he became a reporter for HBO’s (now Showtime’s) Inside the NFL.
Where is Cris Collinsworth now?
Collinsworth graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati School of Law in 1991. He lives in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, with his wife, attorney Holly (Bankemper) Collinsworth, and their four children. Austin Collinsworth, his son, is a former Notre Dame football player and team captain. Jac, the second son, went to Notre Dame and worked as a reporter for ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown before joining his father at NBC, where he is the in-house anchor for Notre Football in America and also anchors NBC’s Notre Dame football, NASCAR, and coverage of other major events such as the Indy 500 and the Kentucky Derby.
Collinsworth was among 83 people rescued from Jeff Ruby’s Waterfront restaurant in Covington, Kentucky, on March 12, 2011, when the floating restaurant broke free from its moorings and began floating down the Ohio River, only to be stopped by the Brent Spence Bridge, which connects the Ohio and Kentucky. The same restaurant named a steak after Collinsworth. He is a television sportscaster for NBC, Showtime and the NFL Network and has won 17 sports Emmy Awards. He also owns most of Pro Football Focus.
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