As with the first regular season “Thursday Night Football” game on Amazon Prime Video, Kirk Herbstreit will be joining Al Michaels as a color commentator. Since Herbstreit has been a regular on “College GameDay” and has frequently provided color commentary alongside
Chris Fowler for the network’s most important college football broadcasts, including the College Football Playoff, is well-known to the sports-viewing public. After calling a few “Monday Night Football” games with Fowler Herbstreit was hired by Amazon alongside Michaels for “TNF,” marking the first time Herbstreit has had a weekly NFL assignment.
What an incredible experience tonight-calling my 1st game w/Al on @NFLonPrime at a sold out Arrowhead w/ the @Chiefs & the @chargers battling for 60 minutes-Awesome game!
In the air now headed to @CollegeGameDay at @AppState_FB Can’t wait! pic.twitter.com/5pBngHVA2J
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 16, 2022
The first regular season game for Herbstreit and Michaels in Amazon’s booth was Thursday’s showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers. They had a dress rehearsal on August 25 during a preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Houston Texans. While Michaels has been a fixture in the NFL.
Herbstreit was slated to take over for Jon Gruden on the first night of NFL Draft coverage after Gruden returned to the Raiders in Oakland (now Las Vegas). Herbstreit and his fellow GameDay commentators shifted to ABC’s coverage after the network acquired rights to telecast the first two nights of the Draft.
Hearing Kirk Herbstreit on an NFL game is strange, like when your gym teacher had to sub in English class
— Terence Malangone (@SpikeMal) September 16, 2022
Herbstreit, along with Chris Fowler in 2020, will call the opening game of the Monday Night Football Kickoff Week doubleheader. The Saints and the Raiders game was the first NFL game ever played in Las Vegas, and to commemorate Monday Night Football’s 50th anniversary,
Herbstreit and Rece Davis put together a special Monday Night Football Mega Cast the following week. Once again, Fowler and Herbstreit called the opening game of a Monday Night Football doubleheader in 2022, and this time it was the final week of the regular season.
Great pair of commentators for Amazon Thursday Night Football in Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit! #TNFonPrime
— Rob Fetsick (@RFetsick) September 16, 2022
Herbstreit replaced Al Michaels as the color commentator for NFL games on Thursday Night Football on Prime Video on March 23, 2022.
On the same day that he began working for Amazon covering the NFL, Herbstreit agreed to an extension of his contract that would allow him to continue working for the network on NFL-related programming like GameDay, Saturday Night Football, and the NFL Draft.
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