ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit open to leaving college football for NFL


Kirk Herbstreit will call his second NFL game of the season on Monday night in the rescheduled New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos game, but the college football commentator may find a permanent home in the NFL.

Having already called one NFL game this season, the Week 1 Monday night opener between the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, Herbstreit is more open to making the transition than he has been in the past.

“I had an absolute ball calling that game and it made me reflected a little bit differently toward my future and what I might want to do down the road,” he told Brian Giuffra of The Big Lead. “Like I said, I hope to always do college football. But if NFL would be in my future, I’m a lot more open to that thought than I was maybe prior to that experience.”

Herbstreit and his partner, play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler, received positive reviews for their job during the Monday Night Football game in Week 1.

“Most people in my shoes are just looking to grow and grow, ‘one day maybe I’ll do the NFL,’” Herbstreit said. “I’ve never had that. With that being said, I was blown away by how much I enjoyed that game.”

The current Monday Night Football team is in its first year of Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese. but The Big Lead added that Disney wants to expand its NFL rights, which could open the door for Herbstreit if that means more games on ABC.

Herbstreit, however, is a college football guy at heart and has been a part of ESPN’s college football coverage since 1996. The Ohio native played quarterback at Ohio State – where his father was also captain for the Buckeyes – while his sons currently play at Clemson.

“I have said how much I love college, how much college, just the pageantry of the sport, the marching bands, I’m just built that way, wired that way, probably because of the way I was raised,” Herbstreit said. “That’s always been my thing and I think it will probably always be my thing.”

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