The duo of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call an NFL game instead of college football on Saturday for the Chiefs’ game against the Broncos.
Fowler and Herbstreit often team up to announce college football games throughout the season. In the past week or so, they’ve called the college football playoff semifinal game between Michigan and Georgia, and the Rose Bowl between Ohio State and Utah. The duo will then call the College Football Playoff Championship game in Indianapolis on Monday, January 10.
This will be the second time Fowler and Herbstreit have called an NFL game together. During the 2020 season, the pair called together the Steelers vs. Giants game in Week 1.
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Why are Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit announcing Chiefs vs Broncos?
On December 14, 2021, ESPN announced that Fowler and Herbstreit would call one of their Saturday doubles games in Week 18 for the NFL with Laura Rutledge reporting on the sidelines.
The first NFL game Fowler and Herbstreit worked together in 2020 was praised by a majority of fans. So when another opportunity arose for the college football duo to call an NFL game, ESPN offered both of them the role.
ESPN’s regular Monday Night Football team of Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters and John Parry will work the second game on ESPN on Saturday between the Cowboys and the Eagles.
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Will Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit call NFL playoff games?
Fowler and Herbstreit both work for ESPN advertising. This season’s playoff games are scheduled to air on NBC, ABC, CBS and ESPN.
Fowler and Herbstreit won’t call any playoff games this year. ESPN is only broadcasting one playoff game, which is the undetermined wildcard game on the night of Monday, January 17. Their normal announcing team consisting of Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick and Lisa Salters will work the game.
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How long have Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit been working together?
Fowler and Herbstreit started hosting football games together in 2014, working only for college football games until they called their first NFL game in 2020. Since then, it’s only their second. NFL game they worked with together. They are best known for calling most of ABC’s Saturday night college football showcases.
However, the couple have been working simultaneously for over 25 years. Fowler began his career as an announcer with ESPN in 1988 while working as a secondary journalist for college football. In 1990 he started hosting College GameDay. Herbstreit joined ESPN in 1995 as a secondary reporter, just two years after his college football career ended at Ohio State. Herbstreit joined College GameDay in 1996.