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Anthony Cris Collinsworth (born January 27, 1959 in Dayton, Ohiomarker) is a former American football player and a television sportscaster.

Football career

College career

Collinsworth moved to Titusvillemarker, Floridamarker as a youth. He played quarterback and ran sprints at Astronaut High Schoolmarker in Titusville, becoming a Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A 100 yard dash state champion in 1976. However, as a student at the University of Floridamarker he switched to wide receiver and made the College Football All-America Team as a senior. During his career at Florida, he caught 120 passes for 1,977 yards and 14 touchdowns, while also scoring two rushing touchdowns and once on a kickoff return. He is a brother of the Florida Alpha Omega Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.After college, Collinsworth was drafted by the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft.

NFL playing career

Collinsworth spent his entire NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals. He surpassed 1,000 yards receiving four times (in 1981, 1983, 1985, and 1986) and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1981, 1982 and 1983. At 6'5" in height, Collinsworth often created mismatches against much smaller cornerbacks. In addition to his height advantage, Collinsworth was a legitimate deep threat due to his speed.

In Super Bowl XVI, Collinsworth caught four passes for 107 yards, but committed a costly fumble when he was hit by San Francisco defensive back Eric Wright.

In 1985, Collinsworth signed with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League, but the contract was voided when he failed the physical due to a bad ankle. He returned to the Bengals and played for them until the end of the 1988 season, catching 3 passes for 40 yards in Super Bowl XXIII, the final game of his career. He finished his 8-season career with 417 receptions for 6,698 yards and 36 touchdowns in 107 games.

Broadcasting career

After retirement, Collinsworth began his broadcasting career as a sports radio talk show host on Cincinnatimarker station WLWmarker. Initially he was a guest host for Bob Trumpy (himself another Bengals alumnus), but took over the show full-time as Trumpy accepted more television assignments. He then became a reporter for HBO's (now Showtime's) Inside the NFL in 1989.

In 1990, he became a part of the NBC network's NFL broadcasts, as well as some of the college programming. He joined the NBC pregame show in 1996.

In 1998, Collinsworth joined the NFL on Fox team after NBC lost their broadcast rights to CBS. After several years as a color commentator on the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show, Collinsworth was assigned to the network's lead game broadcasting crew (teaming with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman) in 2002. He worked on Fox's Super Bowl XXXIX telecast three years later.

Collinsworth was also the host of the television show Guinness World Records Primetime during his stay at Fox.

In 2006, Collinsworth could be seen on three networks during football season. In addition to co-hosting Inside the NFL on HBO, he returned to NBC as a studio analyst for that network's Sunday night NFL coverage and did color commentary on the NFL Network.

He also served as color commentator for NFL Network Thursday night games alongside play-by-play man Bryant Gumbel and Bob Papa.

In the NBC broadcasts of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Collinsworth appeared alongside Bob Costas as a commentator on numerous occasions. He also continued his work on Inside the NFL when it debuted on its new home on Showtime.

Collinsworth is also the color commentator on Madden NFL 09 along with Tom Hammond, and in the 2010 edition of Madden as well alongside Hammond.

It was announced on April 16, 2009 that Collinsworth would replace John Madden in NBC's Sunday Night Football , leaving the NFL Network.

Honors

He received a Sports Emmy Award in April 1998 as "Outstanding Studio Analyst" and his second in 1999. He was also recognized with his third and fourth Sports Emmy Awards in 2003 and 2004 as "Outstanding Sports Personality/Studio Analyst." In May 2006 he added a fifth with an Emmy Award again in the category "Outstanding Sports Personality/Studio Analyst" for his work on HBO. Collinsworth served as a correspondent for NBC Sports coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Personal life

Collinsworth currently lives in Fort Thomasmarker, Kentuckymarker, a suburb of Cincinnatimarker. In 1991, Collinsworth received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Lawmarker. Collinsworth was named Anthony Cris instead of "Cris Anthony" by his mother because, according to her, it "sounded too much like chrysanthemum."

References

  1. 05-2006 History&Tradition_pp128-152
  2. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/17/AR2008091700196.html
  3. http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/196368-Cris_Collinsworth_Tapped_To_Replace_Madden.php
  4. Medium Well: Your NBC Olympics lineup - A blog on sports media, news and networks - baltimoresun.com
  5. Sports Illustrated Vault: December 14, 1981-Catch A Catching Star


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