Cris Collinsworth, the Emmy Award-winning analyst for "Sunday Night Football and the most honored studio analyst in sports television history, and NBCSports.com today announced a partnership in which Collinsworth will provide content for NBCSports.com and his website, FootballPros.com, which he founded in July of this year, will move to NBCSports.com. The announcement was made today by Collinsworth on "Football Night in America."
Collinsworth will contribute regular columns and video posts from his home studio to NBCSports.com. Collinsworth’s website, FootballPros.com, will move to NBCSports.com in the first quarter of 2011, expanding NBC Sports Digital NFL section which already includes Mike Florio’s popular ProFootballTalk.com.
"I have always strived to know as much about each NFL team as its most passionate fan," said Collinsworth. "The conversation that I have been able to maintain with local fans through FootballPros.com has been a great resource for me as I study the NFL and I am really looking forward to bringing the site and my voice to NBCSports.com."
"NBCSports.com is fast becoming the online destination for more and more NFL fans," said Rick Cordella, vice president and general manager, NBC Sports Digital. "Adding Cris Collinsworth, the leading analytical mind among NFL commentators, and his FootballPros.com site complements our successful NBC Sports Talk strategy and helps to satisfy our growing fanbase."
FootballPros.com is the only sports forum where real football professionals participate in the discussion. Contributors to the site include NBC Sports’ Cris Collinsworth, former Bengals quarterback and Bills offensive coordinator Turk Schonert, former Giants’ wide receiver Phil McConkey and Emmy-Award winning reporter Josina Anderson.
About Cris Collinsworth
Cris Collinsworth, the most honored studio analyst in sports television, was named game analyst for "Sunday Night Football" starting with the 2009 season, in which he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Analyst, his 11th career Emmy. Collinsworth has served as a studio analyst and co-host of NBC’s "Football Night in America" studio show since returning to the network in 2006 and co-hosted Super Bowl XLIII’s Pregame Show. Collinsworth, who was first part of the NBC Sports family from 1990-96, has won a record nine Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Studio Analyst and has twice received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Event Analyst.
Collinsworth won the Emmy Award in 2008 for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio Analyst for his work on NBC’s "Football Night in America" studio show. The year before, Collinsworth was awarded both Outstanding Sports Studio Analyst for his work on NBC’s "Football Night in America" and HBO’s "Inside the NFL" and Outstanding Sports Game Analyst for his work on the NFL Network. He won Emmy Awards in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006 in the Studio Analyst 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 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. While at NBC, Collinsworth proved his versatility and received critical praise while working as a reporter for track and field at the Atlanta Olympic Games. He also served as a commentator for NBC’s coverage of both the Beijing Olympic Games and, most recently, the Vancouver Olympic Games.
In 2005, Collinsworth returned to 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. He currently serves as co-host on Showtime’s "Inside the NFL."
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.
Born January 27, 1959, in Dayton, Ohio, Collinsworth was raised in Titusville, Fla. He now resides in Kentucky with his wife Holly and their four children.