Anthony Cris Collinsworth

Apr 16, 2009

Anthony Cris Collinsworth
Anthony Cris Collinsworth (born January 27, 1959 in Dayton, Ohio) is a former American football player and a television sportscaster.

Collinsworth moved to Titusville, Florida as a youth. He played quarterback and ran sprints at Astronaut High School in Titusville, becoming a Florida High School Athletic Association Class 3A 100 yard dash state champion in 1976. However, as a student at the University of Florida he switched to wide receiver and made the College Football All-America Team as a senior. During his career at Florida, he caught 120 passes for 1,977 yards and 14 touchdowns, while also scoring 2 rushing touchdowns and 1 on a kickoff return.[1] He is a brother of the Florida Alpha Omega Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. After college, Collinsworth was drafted by the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft.

NFL playing career

During his NFL career, Cris Collinsworth surpassed 1,000 yards receiving four times (in 1981, 1983, 1985, and 1986) and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1981, 1982 and 1983. At 6'5" in height, Collinsworth often created mismatches against much smaller cornerbacks. In addition to his height advantage, Collinsworth was a legitimate "deep threat" due to his speed.

In Super Bowl XVI, Collinsworth caught four passes for 107 yards, but committed a costly fumble when he was hit by San Francisco defensive back Eric Wright.

In 1985, Collinsworth signed with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League, but the contract was voided when he failed the physical due to a bad ankle. He returned to the Bengals and played for them until the end of the 1988 season, catching 3 passes for 40 yards in Super Bowl XXIII, the final game of his career. He finished his 8-season career with 417 receptions for 6,698 yards and 36 touchdowns in 107 games.

Broadcasting career

After retirement, Collinsworth began his broadcasting career as a sports radio talk show host on Cincinnati station WLW. Initially he was a guest host for Bob Trumpy (himself another Bengals alumnus), but took over the show full-time as Trumpy accepted more television assignments. He then became a reporter for HBO's (now Showtime's) Inside the NFL in 1989.[2]

In 1990, he became a part of the NBC network's NFL broadcasts, as well as some of the college programming. He joined the NBC pregame show in 1996.

In 1998, Collinsworth joined the NFL on FOX team after NBC lost their broadcast rights to CBS. After several years as a color commentator on the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show, Collinsworth was assigned to the network's lead game broadcasting crew (teaming with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman) in 2002. He worked on Fox's Super Bowl XXXIX telecast three years later.

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