Cris Collinsworth begins his ninth season as a game analyst for NBC’s Sunday Night Football and second on the network’s Thursday Night Football series. NBC is the only network with two primetime NFL packages.
SNF has been primetime television’s #1 show for a record six consecutive years (2011-16) – tying American Idol for the most consecutive years atop the charts (since 1950), based on live plus same day data provided by The Nielsen Company. In addition, the NBC/NFL Network Thursday Night Football series ranked as primetime’s #2 show in the 2016-17 TV season.
In 11 seasons on NBC, Sunday Night Football has won 26 Sports Emmys, including the award for Outstanding Live Sports Series in eight of the last nine years. From the 2008-13 NFL seasons, Sunday Night Football won six consecutive Outstanding Live Sports Series honors – a Sports Emmy record – and won again following the 2015 and 2016 NFL seasons.
Collinsworth has won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Event Analyst following six of his eight seasons in NBC’s Sunday Night Football booth. The most honored studio analyst in sports television, Collinsworth served as a studio analyst and co-host of NBC’s critically acclaimed studio show Football Night in America since returning to the network in 2006, and co-hosted Super Bowl XLVI and XLIII’s pregame show.
Collinsworth, who first joined NBC Sports from 1990-96, has won a total of 16 Emmy Awards – nine for Outstanding Sports Studio Analyst in addition to seven for Outstanding Event Analyst.
In February 2015, Collinsworth served as an analyst for Super Bowl XLIX, the thrilling four-point New England Patriots victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the most-watched show in U.S. TV history (average of 114.4 million viewers). Previously he worked alongside Al Michaels on NBC for the telecast of Super Bowl XLVI, the most viewed program in U.S. television history at the time.
Collinsworth is majority owner of Pro Football Focus, which utilizes an exclusive and proprietary grading system to analyze the performance of every NFL and college player on each snap, grading their performances against others at the same position. More than half of NFL clubs work directly with Pro Football Focus to use its play-by-play and player grading analytics.
Prior to joining Michaels in the Sunday Night Football booth, Collinsworth won the Emmy Award in 2008 for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Analyst for his work on Football Night in America. The year before, Collinsworth was awarded both Outstanding Sports Studio Analyst for his work on Football Night and HBO’s Inside the NFL, and Outstanding Event Analyst for his work on the NFL Network. He won Emmy Awards in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006 in the same category for his work on the Fox and HBO studio shows. He won his first Emmy Award in 1997 for his work on the NFL on NBC studio show. Collinsworth, known for his candid and insightful analysis, has received consistent critical acclaim throughout his broadcast career.
In addition to his NFL responsibilities, Collinsworth has been a part of four Olympics with NBC. He made his Olympic broadcast debut as a track and field reporter at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and has served as a correspondent in Beijing (2008), Vancouver (2010), and most recently, at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, where he also provided commentary during the Closing Ceremony alongside Michaels.
In 1990, Collinsworth joined NBC Sports as a game analyst for the network’s NFL coverage and select college football broadcasts, highlighted by the 1994 Fiesta Bowl and the 1995 Orange Bowl national championship game between Nebraska and Miami. Collinsworth was assigned to the NFL on NBC pregame show in 1996, where he provided analysis that led to his first Emmy Award in 1997.
In 2005, Collinsworth joined the NFL on FOX broadcast booth alongside play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and former quarterback Troy Aikman to form the network’s lead broadcast team. Collinsworth first joined FOX Sports as a member of FOX NFL Sunday pregame show, in January 1998.
Upon completion of an eight-year NFL career as a wide receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals (1981-88), Collinsworth moved smoothly into broadcasting as a reporter for HBO’s Inside the NFL in 1989. The following season he graduated to the show’s studio cast.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection during his NFL career, Collinsworth played in 107 games, catching 417 passes for 6,698 yards and 36 touchdowns. He had four 1,000-yard seasons, played in Super Bowls XVI and XXIII and ranks first on the Bengals all-time career receptions list.
The Bengals selected him in the second round of the 1981 draft out of the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in accounting. An All-America and Academic All-America, Collinsworth was inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2001. He later returned to school at the University of Cincinnati Law School, completing his law degree in 1991.
Collinsworth resides in Kentucky with his wife Holly. They have four children.