Cris Collinsworth ripped after dismissive remark about female football fans


A football analyst has put his foot in his mouth with a backhanded compliment about women who follow football during Wednesday's Ravens-Steelers game.

NBC Sports' Cris Collinsworth, calling the unusual midweek contest which was delayed 10 days due to a coronavirus outbreak affecting the Ravens, expressed his admiration for the knowledgeable fans of the Steel City -- especially those of the female persuasion.

“Everybody is a fan,” Collinsworth said of Pittsburgh. “Particularly, the ladies that I met. They have really specific questions about the game. I was like ‘wow,’ just blown away by it.”

The cringeworthy comment, which came late in the second quarter, was quickly seized upon on social media by some of the many women who are fans of football.

Collinsworth, a former star wide receiver with the Cincinnati Bengals, has become something of a polarizing voice in the NBC booth in recent years, both for his sometimes questionable football analysis and the occasional blunder.

Earlier this season, he and legendary play-by-play man Al Michaels came under fire when they appeared to gripe about having to wear masks while calling a Sunday Night Football game at Levi's Stadium in California, home of the 49ers.