Cris Collinsworth was not calling plays tonight because of shuffling in NBC Sports. Al Michaels was on the microphone with new partner Mike Tirico.
Born on January 27, 1959, as Anthony Cris Collinsworth, in Dayton, Ohio, the 63-year-old used to be a former professional American football player. Collinsworth played professionally for eight years with the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL.
Having been drafted into the league as the 37th overall pick in the second round of the 1981 NFL draft, he spent his entire playing career with the Bengals.
Standing at 6’5, Cris used to play as the wide receiver. The three-time second-team all-pro and three-time pro bowler, he had a decent career. With career statistics of 417 receptions and 6,698 receiving yards with 16.1 yards per reception, he caught 36 touchdowns in his career.
Even though his career was cut short due to injuries and other issues, he established himself as one of the better wide receivers during his playing days. Collinsworth played in two Super Bowls during his eight years in the league.
After hanging up his cleats in 1988, he started his second career in broadcasting, and it would be fair to say that he achieved much more after he retired from the game.
Is Cris Collinsworth Retiring As A Commentator?
Collinsworth has not opened up about anything regarding his retirement.
Even though he was not available for the Chargers and Jaguars game, Cris will call the Sunday Night Football and post-season games. He will not be beside his long-time partner moving forward but will be accompanied by another veteran in the field of sportscasting.
Cris also had some issues with his voice during a game between the Buccaneers and the Cowboys last year, which prompted many fans to think his health could be a reason for his stepping away from the broadcasting sector.
However, it has all been rumors and assumptions as Cris will be back in the booth soon to play call other games in the divisional rounds.
Why Is Collinsworth Not Calling The Game Alongside Al Michaels?
On Sunday, Cris Collinsworth called the game between the Ravens and the Bengals in the Wildcard weekend. However, there was not his traditional partner Michaels.
Many people and fans wondered why Cris was not calling the game between the Chargers and the Jaguars. The game marked the occasion of Al Michaels returning to NBC for the wild card playoffs.
Michaels would always call games alongside Cris in the booth, but it was not the case for the Saturday night game, as Tony Dungy accompanied Al.
Many fans across the social media platforms expressed their dismay at not Cris in the booth alongside Al as they were used to. And many others were appalled by the not-so-exciting playcalling of Dungy.
Cris Collinsworth Has A New Broadcast Partner
Cris Collinsworth new broadcast partner is Mike Tirico. Tirico replaced Al Michaels when the latter joined the TNF on Amazon Prime.
Collinsworth is scheduled to call the games for the rest of the playoffs and beyond with fellow veteran Tirico. Mike has been with NBC since 2016 and previously used to play call alongside Tony Dungy.
Tirico has had a long career in media, covering various sports from Soccer to NFL football, along with NBA and NHL. Having worked with ABC and ESPN since 1991, he joined their rival NBC after a successful 25 years.
Born on December 13, 1966, in New York City, the 56-year-old has also had a radio career with his show on WAER and ESPN.
Mike is married to his longtime wife Debbie, with whom he shares two kids. He resides with his family in Michigan.