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Kirk Herbstreit (born August 19, 1969, Centerville, Ohiomarker) is an analyst for ESPN's College GameDay, a television program covering college football and a provider of color commentary during college football games on ESPN and ABC. He appears annually as a commentator in EA Sports' NCAA Football. He was a quarterback on the Ohio State football team. He saw action in a few games his junior season (including the bowl loss against Syracuse) and was the starting quarterback his entire senior season.

Playing career

Kirk was a four-year letter winner as a quarterback at Ohio State Universitymarker from 1989–1993. He graduated from Centerville High Schoolmarker in Centerville, Ohiomarker, a suburb of Daytonmarker. In his high school quarterbacking days, he was the Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior for Centerville. Kirk was also a standout baseball player.

Herbstreit was the first player to commit to the Ohio State Buckeyes after the hiring of John Cooper as head coach in 1988. After waiting his turn as a Buckeye starter behind Greg Frey and Kent Graham, Herbstreit finally led the team as a senior in 1992. That year he was a co-captain (along with linebacker Steve Tovar) and was voted team MVP. Herbstreit passed for 1,904 yards that season, including four 200+ yard games, before losing to the Georgia Bulldogs in the Florida Citrus Bowl. As a college quarterback, Herbstreit had held the Ohio State record for pass completions in the rivalry game against Michigan. He completed 28 passes in a 1992 tie game. His 271-yard game against arch-rival University of Michiganmarker, to earn a 13–13 tie, is believed to have saved Coach Cooper's job.

Kirk Herbstreit wraps up an episode of ESPN College GameDay.
Herbstreit's father, Jim Herbstreit, had been a co-captain (along with offensive tackle Jim Tyrer) of the 1960 Ohio State team, and was later an assistant coach at Ohio State under Woody Hayes. When Kirk Herbstreit was named co-captain in 1992, the two became only the second father-and-son duo to have each been Ohio State captains. (James and Jeff Davidson were the first in 1989; Pepper and Dionte Johnson became the third in 2007.)

Kirk Herbstreit graduated from Ohio Statemarker in 1993 with a degree in Business Administration. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and four young boys. He is also known for unsuccessfully attempting to lower his tax burden by donating his Upper Arlington house to the fire department for them to burn down in training exercises.

He also has an annual High School Football showdown in Cincinnati, OH. It showcases local Cincinnati, OH High School Football Teams versus National Power HS Football Teams, usually at Paul Brown Stadiummarker (home of the Cincinnati Bengals), or Nippert Stadiummarker (home of the Cincinnati Bearcats). As of 2009, Texas has also hosted the Herbstreit varsity football series, which was held in the new Dallas Cowboys' stadium.

Broadcasting career

Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit discuss college football on an evening update of ESPN College Gameday.

Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard, and Lee Corso sit alongside Herbstreit on the ESPN College GameDay set, discussing the day's college football games, and analyzing highlights and players. College GameDay frequently makes Saturday road trips to various colleges around the United Statesmarker to preview the school's upcoming football game. Herbstreit serves as an analyst for ABC Sports' college football prime time series alongside play-by-play man Brent Musburger, who frequently refers to his partner as "Herbie." He was nominated for a 1997 Sports Emmy Award as television’s top studio analyst, along with Cris Collinsworth (eventual winner), Howie Long, Terry Bradshaw and Steve Lyons. He is a frequent contributor to and ESPN The Magazine. In 1997, he wrote a weekly in-season column—"Inside The Game With Kirk Herbstreit"—for The Sporting News. Herbstreit previously worked Thursday night games for ESPN as a color commentator, and he is currently in the booth for Saturday night college football games on ABC.

Herbstreit is also a contributor to the Columbus, Ohiomarker based FM radio station 97.1 The Fan; 97.1 is also an ESPN Radio affiliate and a weekly contibutor to the WFNZ radio program Primetime with the Packman during the college football season hosted by long-time sports broadcaster Billy Packer's son, Mark Packer. When not on assignment for ESPN, Herbstreit is a co-host of the 1–3 p.m. show called The Big Show, along with Bruce Hooley and the fellow Buckeye Alum and College Hall of Fame Linebacker Chris Spielman on 97.1 The Fan. Also in July 2007, he served as a panelist for the series Who's Now alongside Keyshawn Johnson and Michael Wilbon.

Herbstreit is also a regular co-host on ESPN Radio's Tirico and Van Pelt that airs from 1 p.m. through 3 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) on weekdays.


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