Cris Collinsworth

Anthony Cris Collinsworth, popularly known as Cris Collinsworth is an American sports broadcaster and former professional football player. He is best known for his NFL career as a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1980s. He played eight seasons in the NFL. He finished his eight-season NFL career with 417 receptions for 6,698 yards and 36 touchdowns in 107 games. He was named o the Pro Bowl three times. He played college football at the University of Florida.

Following his retirement from playing career, he started a broadcasting career. He is currently a television sportscaster for NBC, Showtime, and the NFL Network. He is the winner of 15 Sports Emmy Awards, having won for Outstanding Studio Analyst. He is also the owner of Pro Football Focus, a sports statistic monitoring service.

What is Cris Collinsworth Famous For?

Sportscaster for NBC, Showtime, and the NFL Network.

Winner of 15 Sports Emmy Awards.

Played the entire eight seasons of his NFL career for Cincinnati Bengals.

Where is Cris Collinsworth From?

Cris Collinsworth was born on 27 January 1959. His birth name is Anthony Cris Collinsworth. His birth place is in Dayton, Ohio in the United States. He holds an American nationality. He was born to a father, Abraham Lincoln “Abe” Collinsworth, and a mother, Donetta Browning Collinsworth. He has an older brother named Greg. He belongs to white ethnicity and his religion is Christianity. The family moved to Titusville, Florida when he was four years old. His hometown is Titusville, Florida.

Regarding his educational background, he attended Astronaut High School. His father was the principal there. He started playing football at high school and was a high school football All-American quarterback. He is also the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A 100-yard-dash state champion for the Astronaut War Eagles in 1976.

After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Florida on an athletic scholarship. He initially played college football as a quarterback but switched to wide receiver. He was named a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection in 1978, 1979, and 1980, and was named both a first-team All-American and a first-team Academic All-America in 1980. He was a senior captain on the 1980 Gator team that posted the biggest one-year turnaround in NCAA Division I football history at the time, improving to 8–4 after posting a 0–10–1 record in 1979. He caught 120 passes for 1,937 yards, and recorded 14 touchdowns receiving, two rushings, one on a kickoff return, and threw two touchdown passes during his collegiate career. He also returned 30 kickoffs for 726 yards for an average of 24.2 yards per return. He finished his collegiate career by being named the MVP of the 1980 Tangerine Bowl. He was inducted into the University of Florida Student Hall of Fame in 1981. He was also inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a “Gator Great” in 1991. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1991.

Cris Collinsworth NFL Career

  • Cris Collinsworth entered the 1981 NFL Draft.
  • He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft.
  • He spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Bengals.
  • His fumble in the second quarter against the San Francisco cost the Bengals the Super Bowl XVI.
  • He signed with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League in 1985. However, his contract was voided after he failed the physical due to a bad ankle.
  • He returned to the Bengals.
  • During his NFL career, he surpassed 1,000 yards receiving four times in 1981, 1983, 1985, and 1986.
  • He finished his eight-season NFL career with 417 receptions for 6,698 yards and 36 touchdowns in 107 games.
  • He was named to the Pro Bowl three times, in 1981, 1982, and 1983.
  • He retired after the 1988 season.
  • After retirement, he began his broadcasting career.
  • He became a sports radio talk show host for WLW in Cincinnati.
  • He then became a reporter for HBO’s Inside the NFL in 1989.
  • He became associated with the NBC network’s NFL broadcasts in 1990.
  • In 1996, he joined the NBC pregame show.
  • NBC lost their broadcast rights to CBS in 1998. He then joined the NFL on the Fox team.
  • He became part of the network’s lead game broadcasting crew 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.
  • He was the co-host of Inside the NFL on HBO, a studio analyst for Sunday Night NFL coverage on NBC, and color commentator on the NFL Network in 2006.
  • He was one of the commentators in the NBC broadcasts of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada.
  • He filled the color-commentator role vacated by John Madden on NBC’s Sunday Night Football in 2009.

Cris Collinsworth Wife

Cris Collinsworth is a married man. He is married to Holly Bankemper. The couple has four children together. His wife Holly is an attorney. His son, Austin is a former football player and team captain at the University of Notre Dame. His another son, Jac was a featured reporter for ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown before joining his father at NBC. Austin co-hosts Football Night in America.

He lives in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

He was one of 83 people rescued from Jeff Ruby’s Waterfront restaurant in Covington, Kentucky on 12 March 2011, when the floating restaurant tore loose from its moorings and began to drift on the Ohio River. It was stopped by the Brent Spence Bridge that links Ohio to Kentucky.

Cris Collinsworth Height

Cris Collinsworth stands at a height of 1.96 m i.e. 6 feet and 5 inches tall. He has a body weight of 192 lbs i.e. 87 kg. He has an athletic body build. His eye color is brown and his hair color is also brown. His sexual orientation is straight.

Chris Collinsworth Net Worth

Chris Collinsworth is one of the familiar names in the sports broadcasting community. The University of Florida star, Collinsworth played 8 seasons in NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals as a wide receiver. He was drafted by the Bengals in the 1981 NFL Draft. After retiring from professional football, he started his broadcasting career. At present, he works for several sports networks. His annual salary is reported at $4 million at present. He makes enough to support his family. Summing up all, he makes his fortune from his broadcasting career. His net worth is estimated at $14 million at present.

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