CBS Sports began televising National Football League games in 1956. The network inherited the rights to games of most of the teams from the defunct DuMont Television Network; back then, each NFL team negotiated its own television deal. From 1956 to 1967, CBS assigned their commentating crews to one team each for the entire season. Beginning in 1968, CBS instituted a semi-merit system for their commentating crews. Following the 1993 season, there was no NFL on CBS after the network lost its half of the Sunday afternoon TV package (the National Football Conference) to the Fox Broadcasting Company. However, CBS gained the American Football Conference package from NBC beginning in 1998. The names of the play-by-play men are listed first while the color commentators are listed second; sideline reporters, when used, are listed last.
In 1964, CBS experimented with a half-and-half format for their announcers. The first half would be called by the home teams' commentators while the second half would be done by the visitors' commentators.
Chuck Thompson filled in for Ray Scott in Week 4, who was also filling in for Jack Buck.
In Week 13, Frank Gifford joined the team of Chuck Thompson and Lenny Moore for Baltimore-Green Bay on Saturday, then the following day called Cleveland-Washington with regular partner Jack Whitaker.
In Week 14, Don Criqui, Lindsey Nelson, and Jack Drees all switched partners. Criqui teamed with Nelson's regular partner Tom Brookshier, Nelson teamed with Drees' regular partner George Connor, and Drees paired with Criqui's regular partner Johnny Sauer. Drees and Sauer would actually pair up in the booth the following season.
Buck/Summerall: San Francisco-Dallas (Thursday), Los Angeles Rams-Washington (Sunday)
With this being the final season before the AFL–NFL merger, this was also the final season where both leagues would have Thanksgiving doubleheaders. Starting in 1970, only two games would be played on Thanksgiving, with the Lions and Cowboys hosting those games, and an AFC team rotating as the visiting team between Detroit and Dallas every year.
Jack Buck filled in for Lindsey Nelson in Week 3.
Andy Musser filled in for Lindsey Nelson in Week 14, while Nelson filled in for Frank Glieber.
Don Perkins filled in for Frank Gifford during Weeks 3 and 4, while Frank Gifford was doing play-by-play fill-in for Jack Buck and Chuck Thompson, respectively. Perkins also joined Thompson and Jerry Kramer for their Week 14 game between Minnesota and Atlanta.
In Weeks 10-14, Jack Buck and Don Criqui traded broadcast partners; Buck started the season teamed with Alex Hawkins, while Criqui started the season with Irv Cross (who was in his first season at CBS, and would stay for 21 years both in the booth and on The NFL Today).
This would be Ray Scott's final season with CBS, as well as Pat Summerall's last full season as a color commentator. Bart Starr would join Scott and Summerall for Super Bowl VIII.
In Week 11, Ray Scott and Pat Summerall would work Washington-Detroit on Thanksgiving Day, then on the following Sunday, Scott called Chicago-Minnesota with Tom Brookshier, and Summerall joined Jack Whitaker for Atlanta-NY Jets.
Jack Whitaker would also leave the play-by-play booth after this season. Whitaker would later move to the NFL Today; where he provided featured commentaries until his exit for ABC Sports in 1982.
Pat Summerall would end up calling games with four different broadcasters in 1973; as in addition to regular broadcast partner Ray Scott, Summerall would also work with Jack Whitaker, Frank Glieber and Jack Buck.
Hank Stram would appear late in the Super Bowl X coverage to allow Tom Brookshier to anchor the postgame trophy presentation. Stram would call the Rams-Cardinals first-round playoff game with Frank Glieber.
Both Gary Bender and Johnny Unitas called the Cowboys-Vikings first-round playoff game.
Sonny Jurgensen would team with Vin Scully for the Cowboys-Rams NFC Championship game.
Bob Costas was hired just before the season to replace Al Michaels, who had joined ABC. Costas' first assignment was San Francisco–Green Bay in Week 1, with Tommy McDonald.
In Week 12, Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier called the Thanksgiving Day game between St. Louis and Dallas, while on Sunday Gary Bender joined Brookshier to call Seattle-NY Giants. Lindsey Nelson would join Bender's regular partner Johnny Unitas to call Chicago-Green Bay.
Vin Scully and Alex Hawkins were assigned to call the 1977 NFC Championship Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. Late in that game, Hawkins quipped as Roger Staubach was shown running off the field "You know, Vin, that Roger Staubach runs like a sissy." Scully responded by remarking "You know, Hawk, they tell me you didn't always wear your helmet when you played!" CBS Sports fired Hawkins the day after the game.
This was Don Criqui's last season with CBS before departing for NBC, being "traded" to NBC in exchange for Curt Gowdy. Criqui returned to CBS in 1998 after CBS regained NFL coverage by taking over the American Football Conference package.
CBS would experiment with three-man booths during the first half of the season. Jim Brown would join Vin Scully and George Allen beginning in Week 3 and would last throughout the season.
Pat Summerall and John Madden were paired together for the first time on the telecast of the Minnesota–Tampa Bay game on November 25. Madden substituted for Brookshier, who was unavailable to work the telecast. Madden would also join Summerall and Brookshier for the Atlanta–Oakland game in week 7.
In 1981, CBS in the first half of the season did not have set teams. After Thanksgiving, Gary Bender and Frank Glieber moved over to college basketball, which was CBS' first season of broadcasting that particular sport.
This was Fred Dryer's only season as a broadcaster before he went into acting, most famously as the star of the 1984–91 NBC series Hunter.
Lindsey Nelson's last year calling NFL games for CBS television, as he moved over to co-lead CBS' coverage of college football in 1982; he would continue calling NFL games for CBS Radio in 1982 and 1983.
Going into the 1981 NFL season, CBS Sports executives decided that John Madden was going to replace Tom Brookshier as their star NFL color commentator. But they had trouble figuring out who was going to be his play-by-play partner. So in September (for the first four games of the season), they paired Vin Scully with Madden while Pat Summerall was busy covering the US Open tennis tournament for CBS. For the next four games of the season in October, they paired Summerall with Madden while Scully called Major League Baseball's National League Championship Series and World Series for the Dodgers Radio Network and CBS Radio respectively. After the eighth week of the NFL season, CBS Sports executives decided that the laconic, baritone-voiced Summerall's style was more in tune with the lively, verbose Madden than the elegant, poetic Scully. As a consolation prize, CBS Sports gave Scully the "B" team assignment and the right to call the NFC Championship Game on CBS Television with Hank Stram. Meanwhile, Pat Summerall called that game on CBS Radio with Jack Buck while John Madden prepared to do the Super Bowl with Summerall in Pontiac, Michigan. Vin Scully reportedly wasn't happy about the demotion, the perception being that his intelligence had been insulted. As a result, Scully bolted to NBC (where he started a seven-year run as their lead Major League Baseball announcer) as soon as his contract with CBS was up.
Jack Buck teamed with John Madden to call the Week 2 game between the Giants and Falcons.
Tom Brookshier was suspended for the final week of the 1983 season after commenting during a promo for a NCAA basketball game between the Louisville Cardinals and North Carolina State Wolfpack that the Louisville starting five (which happened to be all black) "had a collective IQ of about 40". Brookshier eventually apologized and was reinstated for the 1984 NFL season.
In May 1985, while jogging at the Ken Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, play-by-play announcer Frank Glieber died of a heart attack. Tom Brookshier moved from his position with Wayne Walker to Glieber's position alongside Dick Vermeil.
During the early part of the 1985 season, CBS had frequently begun assigning broadcast crews to specific teams, with Pat Summerall and John Madden often assigned to games involving the New York Giants; Tim Ryan and Johnny Morris to Chicago Bears games and Dick Stockton and Wayne Walker to San Francisco 49ers games. The practice was mostly abandoned during the 2nd half of the season, in large part due to wanting to schedule the #1 crew of Summerall and Madden to as many remaining CBS games involving the eventual Super Bowl champion Bears as possible.
Starting during this season and continuing until CBS lost NFC coverage in 1993, Verne Lundquist would occasionally fill in for Pat Summerall while Summerall was assigned to calling the US Open tournament.
1986 would mark Wayne Walker's final season as part of the CBS broadcast team (Walker would remain as sports director on KPIX in San Francisco until 1994 and would work as a color commentator on San Francisco 49ers radio broadcasts until 1998). For this season, Walker would move from color commentator to play-by-play.
Dan Dierdorf's last season at CBS before moving to ABC. He would return to CBS in 1999.)
Gary Bender's last season at CBS before moving to ABC.
Tom Brookshier's last season calling games for CBS.
Terry Bradshaw would miss Weeks 7 and 8 following his own health scare when Bradshaw, after awakening with chest pains and fearing he was having a heart attack, was rushed to the hospital; upon which it was discovered that the pain was due to a broken sternum suffered as a child (though not before Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA-TV briefly speculated that a tumor was found)
This would be Terry Bradshaw's last year as a game commentator for CBS. The following season, he would be promoted to a co-hosting role alongside Greg Gumbel on The NFL Today. Gumbel and Bradshaw replaced Brent Musburger and Irv Cross respectively.
During the 1990 season, Pat Summerall was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer after vomiting on a plane during a flight after a Bears–Redskins game, and was out for a considerable amount of time. While Dick Stockton and Verne Lundquist replaced Summerall on games with John Madden, Jack Buck (who was at CBS during the time as the network's lead Major League Baseball announcer) was added as a regular NFL broadcaster to fill-in. Jim Henderson called the Minnesota/Tampa Bay game with Dan Fouts.
After being dropped from The NFL Today, Irv Cross returned to the broadcast booth for the 1990 season.
Following this season, Tim Brant would join ABC as a college football analyst.
This was CBS' last year as the National Football Conference television provider. The following year, Pat Summerall, John Madden, Dick Stockton, Matt Millen, James Brown, and Terry Bradshaw of The NFL Today would move over to Fox. CBS would resume their NFL coverage with the AFC package in 1998.
From 1999 to 2004, the duo of Don Criqui and Steve Tasker were almost always assigned to games featuring the Buffalo Bills. Both Criqui (a Buffalo native) and Tasker (a former Bill) have connections to western New York, and the Criqui-Tasker pairing is one of the last examples of an NFL team having its own network TV announcing crew.
Most of the Miami Dolphins games that season were either called by Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms or Verne Lundquist/Dan Dierdorf. They wanted to focus on Dan Marino's last season as a Dolphins Quarterback.
This was Verne Lundquist's last season as a regular broadcaster for the NFL on CBS; as he would reduce his role to fill-in duty while focusing mainly on calling college football and college basketball on CBS.
Todd Blackledge, CBS' top college football analyst, filled in for Sam Wyche on the Seattle-Miami Week 1 telecast as Wyche was recovering from vocal cord surgery. Wyche did return to call the Miami-Minnesota broadcast in Week 2, but his voice had gotten worse and Beasley Reece (originally the sideline reporter for this game) was brought in 10 minutes into the telecast to assist in the booth. Wyche would not work another game until Week 1 of the 2001 season before leaving CBS after Week 2.
Also in Week 2, Blackledge worked Oakland-Indianapolis as he subbed for Phil Simms, who had an emergency appendectomy.
Dick Enberg would make his official NFL on CBS debut in Week 3 (Buffalo-NY Jets), due to his work hosting the US Open. Verne Lundquist joined Dan Dierdorf in Weeks 1 and 2. Various announcers would fill in for Enberg during the opening weekend of the NFL season until Enberg's departure after the 2009 season.
In Week 1, Tennessee-Miami was moved a day earlier due to the threat of Hurricane Ivan. As per Dick Enberg's US Open duties, he was filled in on play-by-play by Dan Dierdorf, while Todd Blackledge provided color commentary. Two weeks later, Miami's game against Pittsburgh was pushed to 8:30 pm because of Hurricane Jeanne. The game aired on the CBS and UPN affiliates in both Pittsburgh and Miami.
During Week 7 of this season, a power failure at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium caused problems leading to the regular broadcast team of Gumbel and Dierdorf being unable to call portions of the game (vs. San Diego). Video was still available, and so James Brown called portions of the game from the studio, with the rest of the NFL Today team providing color commentary.
During Week 13, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms called two games for CBS. They announced the Thanksgiving game on Thursday, as they do each year, and the competitive game between Denver and Kansas City on Sunday.
During Week 14, Don Criqui, who had retired from NFL play-by-play after the 2012 season, temporarily came out of retirement and filled in for Bill Macatee, who had trouble traveling due to a winter storm in Texas; he called the Cleveland-New England game with former partner Steve Tasker. Criqui's one game in 2013 marked the 47th season Criqui had called an NFL game, the longest active streak among announcers not just in the NFL, but in all sports on network television.
During Week 15, Andrew Catalon filled in for Marv Albert.
Following the AFC Division round, Dan Dierdorf retired after 29 years calling NFL games for CBS and ABC. Dierdorf will be calling Michigan football games on radio beginning this season.
Allie LaForce joined Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf as the sideline reporter for the Indianapolis-New England divisional round.
In May 2014, Marv Albert announced he would be stepping down from calling NFL games.
Beginning in 2014, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms began to call Thursday Night Football games for CBS and NFL Network. Tracy Wolfson is the sideline reporter.
Wolfson joined the NFL team on a permanent basis after working SEC games for CBS since 2004. She was replaced by Allie LaForce in that capacity.
Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Jenny Dell have been promoted to the #2 broadcast team for 2014. On Sundays when CBS does not have the 4:25 p.m. national window (except Week 1), Eagle/Fouts/Dell are the primary team, while Nantz/Simms/Wolfson have the day off. EX. Wks. 4, 6-7, 10-11, and 14
Greg Gumbel moves into Eagle's place as the #3 play-by-play, with analyst Trent Green joining CBS television after previously working with Eagle on Westwood One's NFL radiocasts. Green also called games for Fox television.
With the retirement of Marv Albert and Don Criqui, Kevin Harlan joins Rich Gannon as the #4 for the first time since 2008 while Spero Dedes joins the broadcast team permanently as Harlan's replacement alongside Solomon Wilcots
Tom McCarthy joins CBS from Westwood One, where he called NFL games on the radio, while Brian Anderson joins due to his association with CBS for March Madness.
CBS would use local reporters to cover the sideline for teams 4-8
A special Saturday edition of Thursday Night Football caused the announcer pairings of Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts/Jenny Dell (SD-SF) and Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon/Stacey Dales (PHI-WAS) to be absent from their Sunday afternoon assignments. This shook up the announcer lineup for Sunday, which looked like this during Week 16:
Starting in 2015, Jenny Dell moved from the NFL to College Football for CBS. Evan Washburn moved up from the #3 team to the #2 team as a sideline reporter, while Jamie Erdahl moved up from college football to the #3 team.
Carter Blackburn also replaced Brad Johansen as the back-up NFL play-by-play announcer.
Jay Feely also served as an additional analyst for the Catalon/Lofton pairing during Week 14.
Tony Romo replaced Phil Simms as lead color commentator. Simms moved to The NFL Today this season.
James Lofton joined CBS this season, his first time as a color commentator on TV since NBC's last season covering the AFC in 1997.
Beth Mowins became the 1st woman ever to call a football game for CBS, calling Cleveland-Indianapolis in Week 3 alongside Jay Feely. Mowins became the first woman ever to broadcast a nationally televised NFL game for ESPN in Week 1, calling Chargers-Broncos with Rex Ryan. She also became the first woman to call a regular season Sunday afternoon NFL game since Gayle Sierens in 1987. Mowins returned to call games for CBS in week 15 (Miami/Buffalo) and 17 (Kansas City/Denver), after her commitment to ESPN's college football lineup was finished.
Steve Tasker, paired up this season on the #7 team with Tom McCarthy and Steve Beuerlein, joined Catalon/Lofton for Week 1 (Jacksonville/Houston) and Week 2 (Cleveland/Baltimore) and Dedes/Archuleta for week 14 (Indianapolis/Buffalo) as sideline reporter. This would be Tasker's last year as a color analyst before shifting to a sideline reporter role full-time beginning in 2018, a role to accommodate his work for Pegula Sports and Entertainment.
The Nantz/Romo/Wolfson crew did not call any games for CBS during Week 10.
Charles Lloyd "Chuck" Thompson (June 10, 1921 – March 6, 2005) was an American sportscaster best known for his broadcasts of Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles and the National Football League's Baltimore Colts. He was well-recognized for his resonant voice, crisply descriptive style of play-by-play, and signature on-air exclamations "Go to war, Miss Agnes!" and "Ain't the beer cold!"
Daniel Lee Dierdorf (born June 29, 1949) is a former American football offensive lineman and current sportscaster.
A native of Canton, Ohio, Dierdorf played college football for the University of Michigan from 1968 to 1970 and was selected as a consensus first-team All-American in 1970 and a first-team All-Big Ten Conference player in 1969 and 1970. He was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1996 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Dierdorf played professional football in National Football League (NFL) with the St. Louis Cardinals for 13 seasons from 1971 to 1983. He was selected by the National Football League Players Association as the Offensive Lineman of the Year for three consecutive years from 1976 to 1978. Between 1974 and 1980, he played in the Pro Bowl six times and was chosen as a first-team All-Pro five times. He was named to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
Since his playing career ended, Dierdorf has worked as a broadcaster. He worked for American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from 1987 to 1999, including 12 seasons as color analyst on Monday Night Football. He was then part of the NFL on CBS team as an announcer for 15 years from 1999 to 2013. Since 2014, he has been the color analyst for Michigan Wolverines football radio broadcasts. In 2008, Dierdorf received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Don Criqui (born May 5, 1940) is an American sportscaster.
He holds the record for longest-tenured broadcaster of one sports league in U.S. TV history, calling NFL football for 47 seasons (1967-2013) on NBC and CBS. Criqui's final NFL broadcast came on December 8, 2013, when he filled in for Bill Macatee as he was having traveling issues in a snow storm in Dallas, calling the 27-26 New England Patriots victory over the Cleveland Browns.Criqui's most recent network assignment was CBS Sports from 1998 until 2013, where he called the NFL, women's and men's college basketball and college football. From 1995 to 2012, he was the voice of New England Patriots pre-season football with Randy Cross.
From 2006 until 2017, Criqui served as the football radio play-by-play voice for Notre Dame, his alma mater.
Henry Louis "Hank" Stram (; January 3, 1923 – July 4, 2005) was an American football coach. He is best known for his 15-year tenure with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL).
Stram won three AFL championships, more than any other coach in the league's history. He then won Super Bowl IV with the Chiefs, thus earning the 1969 World Championship of Professional Football. He also coached the most victories (87), had the most post-season games (7) and the best post-season record in the AFL (5–2). Stram is largely responsible for the introduction of Gatorade to the NFL due to his close association with Ray Graves, coach at the University of Florida during Gatorade's development and infancy. Stram never had an offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, or special teams coach during his career with the Texans and Chiefs.
John Francis "Jack" Whitaker (born May 18, 1924) is an American sportscaster who worked for both CBS and ABC. He also is a decorated veteran of World War II, fighting in the Normandy Campaign and was wounded by an artillery strike.
Johnny Edward Morris (born September 26, 1935) is a former American football running back/wide receiver in the National Football League. He spent his entire ten-year career with the Chicago Bears, and is the franchise's all-time leader in receiving yards with 5,059. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. Morris won an NFL championship in 1963. In 1964, he had his best season with 93 receptions for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.
In 1964, while still playing for the Bears, Morris joined WBBM-TV in Chicago as a sportscaster. Except for a six-year stint at rival WMAQ-TV, Morris remained at WBBM until 1992, serving for most of that time as sports director. During his time at WBBM-TV, he popularised the use of the telestrator (a device for drawing over still or moving video images) in sports television, which was invented by fellow WBBM-TV employee Leonard Reiffel for his science-related TV series Dimensions on Tomorrow's Living and The World Tomorrow. He also served as a football color commentator for CBS' NFL coverage from 1975 to 1986. He retired in 1996.
John Constantine Unitas (; May 7, 1933 – September 11, 2002), nicknamed "Johnny U" and "The Golden Arm", was an American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He spent the majority of his career playing for the Baltimore Colts. He was a record-setting quarterback, and the NFL's most valuable player in 1959, 1964, and 1967. For 52 years he held the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (set between 1956 and 1960), until broken in 2012 by Drew Brees. Unitas was the prototype of the modern era marquee quarterback, with a strong passing game, media fanfare, and widespread popularity. He has been consistently listed as one of the greatest NFL players of all time.
Lindsey Nelson (May 25, 1919 – June 10, 1995) was an American sportscaster best known for his long career calling play-by-play of college football and New York Mets baseball.
Nelson spent 17 years with the Mets and three years with the San Francisco Giants. For 33 years Nelson covered college football, including 26 Cotton Bowls, five Sugar Bowls, four Rose Bowls, and 14 years announcing syndicated Notre Dame games. He is in 13 separate Halls of Fame. Fans remember a talented broadcaster, an expert storyteller, and a true sports enthusiast. From his colorful jackets to his equally colorful broadcasts and enthusiastic manner of speaking, Nelson established himself as one of the industry's leading sportscasters.
This is a list of current (entering the 2018 season) NFL broadcasters, including those for each individual team as well as those that have national rights. Unlike the other three major professional sports leagues in the U.S. (Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL), all regular-season and post-season games are shown on American television on one of five national networks. Pre-season games are still televised by regional/local broadcasters which selected preseason games will be simulcast on NFL Network.
George Allen "Pat" Summerall (May 10, 1930 – April 16, 2013) was an American football player and television sportscaster, having worked at CBS, Fox, and ESPN. In addition to football, he also announced major golf and tennis events. In total, he announced 16 Super Bowls on network television (more than any other announcer), 26 Masters Tournaments, and 21 US Opens. He also contributed to 10 Super Bowl broadcasts on CBS Radio as a pregame host or analyst.
Summerall played football for the Arkansas Razorbacks and then in the National Football League (NFL) from 1952 through 1961. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions and played with Bobby Layne. The best playing time in his career was with the New York Giants as a kicker. After retiring as a player, he joined CBS as a color commentator the next year. He worked with Tom Brookshier and then John Madden on NFL telecasts for CBS and Fox. Although retired since 2002, he continued to announce games on occasion, especially those near his Texas home.
He was named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1977, and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1994. That year, he also received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999. The "Pat Summerall Award" has been presented since 2006 during Super Bowl weekend at the NFL's headquarters hotel "to a deserving recipient who through their career has demonstrated the character, integrity and leadership both on and off the job that the name Pat Summerall represents."
Paul Joseph Christman (March 5, 1918 – March 2, 1970) was an American football player and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He played college football for the University of Missouri and professionally for the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL).
Phillip Martin Simms (born November 3, 1954) is a former American football quarterback who spent his entire 15-year professional career playing for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He is currently a television sportscaster for the CBS network. After playing college football at Morehead State University, Simms was drafted in the first round by the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) with the number seven selection overall in the 1979 NFL Draft. Simms was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of Super Bowl XXI, after he led the Giants to a 39–20 victory over the Denver Broncos and set the record for highest completion percentage in a Super Bowl, completing 22 of 25 passes (88%). He also was named to the Pro Bowl for his performances in the 1985 and 1993 seasons.
He finished his career with 33,462 passing yards and has since gone on to be a career broadcaster of NFL games—first as an analyst for ESPN, then as a in-game color commentator with NBC, and currently with CBS. He is the father of former NFL quarterback, assistant coach, and current college football analyst Chris Simms, as well as AAF quarterback Matt Simms.
Richard Joseph Gannon (born December 20, 1965) is a former American football quarterback who played eighteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He is a sports commentator with CBS Sports and Sirius XM NFL Radio.
Gannon was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and played college football at the University of Delaware. At Delaware, he directed coach Tubby Raymond's Wing-T offense. He recorded at least 2,000 offensive yards for three straight seasons at Delaware and was Yankee Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. In the 1987 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected Gannon in the fourth round intent upon converting Gannon to running back. He was soon traded to the Minnesota Vikings and would play with the Vikings until 1992. Gannon began his career as a backup for Wade Wilson. Gannon started his first games in 1990 in relief of an injured Wilson and would start many games in 1991. In 1992, he formally became the starting quarterback for the Vikings and led the Vikings to an 11-5 season and the playoffs after two consecutive losing seasons.
Gannon played with the Washington Redskins in 1993, the Kansas City Chiefs from 1995-98, and the Oakland Raiders from 1999-2004. With the Raiders, he achieved his greatest successes, including four consecutive seasons making the Pro Bowl (1999-2002), three consecutive postseason appearances for the Raiders (2000-2002), two All-Pro selections (2000, 2002), one MVP, and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII played on January 26, 2003 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. However, Gannon spent much of his final two seasons (2003 and 2004) with injuries, and the Raiders had losing records in those seasons. After retiring from football before the 2005 season, Gannon began a career in sports broadcasting. Currently, he is a sports analyst for NFL on CBS and co-hosts The Sirius Blitz on Sirius XM NFL Radio.
Christian Adolph Jurgensen III (born August 23, 1934), known better as Sonny Jurgensen, is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
Steven Jay Tasker (born April 10, 1962) is an American broadcaster for CBS Sports, MSG Western New York, and WGR who is a former wide receiver and gunner in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the ninth round (226th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He played college football at Northwestern. He began his college career at Dodge City Community College.
Tasker played most of his pro career with the Buffalo Bills, and was voted by Bills fans to the team's 50th season All-time Team.
Thomas Jefferson "Tom" Brookshier (December 16, 1931 – January 29, 2010) was an American professional football player, coach and sportscaster. He was a starting defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles for seven seasons, from 1953 to 1961. He later paired with Pat Summerall on the primary broadcast team for National Football League (NFL) games on CBS during the 1970s.
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