This is the first year for the NFL on FOX following the purchase of the NFC Package from CBS which held the rights from 1956 to the 1993 NFL seasons. As the NFL was the first sports package for FOX, the network had to hire the entire department. For example, Pat Summerall, John Madden, Dick Stockton, Matt Millen, James Brown, and Terry Bradshaw were hired from CBS with the latter two forming part of the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show alongside Jimmy Johnson and Howie Long who remain with the show to this day with the exception of Johnson who left for a short stint as head coach of the Miami Dolphins and Brown who left for CBS following the 2005 season. Other hires included former athletes such as Tim Green, Anthony Muñoz, and Ron Pitts; sons of Jack Buck (Joe), Marv Albert (Kenny), and Marty Brennaman (Thom). Also, note that Thom's main claim to fame was working television and radio for WGN-TV during Chicago Cubs games in the early 1990s with Harry Caray.
Following this season, Joe Buck would not call another NFL game on Fox until 2001. Between the 1998-2000 seasons, Buck would often be assigned to working at the Fox NFL Sunday studio for halftime coverage whenever the main pregame crew was on the road.
Kevin Harlan left after this season to join the NFL on CBS.
Kevin Harlan and Bill Maas anchored Fox halftime coverage for Week 6, as the Fox NFL Sunday crew did the pregame show from Lambeau Field.
NOTE: For the 2006 season (the first after James Brown left to return to CBS as host of The NFL Today), Fox experimented with a traveling pre-game show, hosted by Joe Buck from the site of the game to which he was assigned. Halftime and postgame were hosted by Curt Menefee. Menefee would take over FOX NFL Sunday as full-time host the following season.
During Weeks 6-8, Dick Stockton filled in for Joe Buck, who was calling MLB playoffs for Fox, while Kenny Albert filled in for Stockton.
During Week 5, Curt Menefee filled in for Dick Stockton.
During Week 8, Pat Summerall filled in for Kenny Albert.
During Week 14, Thom Brennaman/Charles Davis and Barry Alvarez took over the #4 team for Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan.
Note: November 8, 2009 (Week 9) featured a special 2-hour pregame show originating in Afghanistan. The regular Fox NFL Sunday crew hosted the pregame show; Chris Rose served as studio host and anchored in-game highlights. John Lynch and Trent Green served as studio analysts for the halftime and postgame reports.
During Week 6, Thom Brennaman was set to call the NY Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers football game with lead analyst Troy Aikman instead of Joe Buck, who was calling the NLCS. Sam Rosen was scheduled to fill in for Thom Brennaman while Brennaman filled in for Buck. However, Fox Sports president Eric Shanks brought up the idea of a two-sport, same-day doubleheader if both the Giants and Cardinals won their divisional series. When the Cardinals beat the Nationals on Friday night, Buck went to San Francisco instead of Washington D.C. and called both the 49ers football game and the Giants baseball game.
The announcing team of Ron Pitts/Mike Martz/Kristina Park did not call any games in Weeks 5-8, 10-12.
Fox did not send its #2 team of Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa to cover the playoffs, marking the first time since Fox acquired NFL rights that they did this. Instead, the #3 team of Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, and Laura Okmin were in the booth for the Divisional Playoffs, as they called the Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons matchup.
Erin Andrews joined the Buck/Aikman/Oliver crew during the Thanksgiving Classic and the NFC Playoffs.
Chris Myers joined the Brennaman/Billick/Okmin crew during the NFC Playoffs.
After the 2012 season, Ron Pitts left Fox Sports after being part of the NFL on FOX broadcast team for 19 years and joined OK!TV. Kevin Burkhardt replaced him.
For week 7, Tim Brando replaced Mike Goldberg after Goldberg performed poorly during a week 6 game and cursed out his critics on Twitter.
During Week 10, Matt Hasselbeck joined the team of Chris Myers and Ronde Barber, as Hasselbeck's team, the Colts, were on a bye week.
During Week 13, Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn, and Kristina Pink were assigned college football responsibilities, leading to a makeshift broadcast team 6. As the rotational broadcaster, Brennaman was moved down to fill-in for Stockton. He was joined by McNabb and Charissa Thompson. Kutcher once again filled in for Brennaman.
During Week 15, Justin Kutcher filled in for Brennaman once again because Brennaman had voice problems.
On September 27, 2015, Richard Deitsch of SI.com reported that, "in an effort to get Holly Sonders reps as an NFL sideline reporter", Fox Sports management pulled various assignments they had originally given Laura Okmin and Jennifer Hale on the #3 and #5 teams, respectively, and reassigned them to Sonders.
During Week 12, for Saints @ Texans, Joe Davis filled in for Dick Stockton, who moved down to the number 7 position for the week.
During Week 5, Kenny Albert had been scheduled to work the Los Angeles-Washington NLDS series and the Redskins-Ravens game, both events occurring 40 miles apart from Friday to Sunday. Rain postponed the NLDS second game to Sunday and Fox kept Albert on baseball coverage, with Sam Rosen taking his place alongside Daryl Johnston. Rosen would remain with Johnston in Weeks 6-8, while Albert was elevated to the number two team with John Lynch.
Mike Pereira, who previously served as offsite rules analyst, moved to an on-site role with the lead broadcast team for select games. Dean Blandino, formerly the VP of Officiating, replaced Pereira as rules analyst when Pereira was at those select games.
During Weeks 5-8, Kenny Albert filled in for Kevin Burkhardt while Burkhardt worked the studio shows for Fox's MLB Playoff coverage.
During Weeks 5-7, Sam Rosen filled in for Kenny Albert while he was with the number 2 team.
During Week 8, Thom Brennaman filled in for Kenny Albert for the first time as a number 3 team while Joe Buck called the World Series from Dodger Stadium, five miles away. Buck remained on Thursday Night Football, going to Houston on the World Series' travel day from Boston to Los Angeles, but declined the opportunity for a same-day, two-sport doubleheader on Sunday over concerns about getting from one venue to the other in L.A. traffic.
Pairings for the #3 team:
Weeks 1 and 2: Kenny Albert/Ronde Barber/Tiki Barber
Weeks 3, 4 and 12: Kenny Albert/Ronde Barber/Megan Olivi
^ abcDeitsch, Richard (September 27, 2015). "Figuring out how to replace legendary broadcasters Vin Scully, Dick Enberg". SI.com. Retrieved September 28, 2015. In an effort to get Holly Sonders reps as an NFL sideline reporter, Fox Sports management has pulled assignments from veteran NFL reporters Laura Okmin and Jennifer Hale ... Sonders worked the Bucs-Texans game in Houston game on Sunday, a game that was originally assigned to Okmin, and reportedly has five or so additional NFL sideline assignments heading forward, including three originally assigned to Hale
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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."
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