ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit to Call Steelers MNF Opener
Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants will hear some familiar voices from the college ranks when the two teams square off in the Monday Night Football season opener on Sept. 14.
ESPN officially announced Monday that their lead college football commentary duo of Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call Steelers-Giants as the first game of their traditional Monday Night Football doubleheader to kickoff the season.
Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN’s leading college football broadcasting team, will make their NFL debut when they call the first game of the season-opening MNF doubleheader, featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers at the New York Giants (7:15 p.m.). https://t.co/vscPNPCKOM— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 17, 2020
The tandem will be making their NFL debut, though they have worked together as ESPN’s premier college football broadcast team since 2015.
Herbstreit was a four-year letterman at Ohio State as a quarterback, before joining ESPN as a college football analyst in 1995. Fowler has been with the “worldwide leader” since 1986, and is known for his 25-year stint hosting College GameDay, in addition to his play-by-play duties.
ESPN also announced Monday that Steve Levy, Brian Griese and former Pitt standout Louis Riddick will serves as the network’s new Monday Night Football commentary team. They will be joined by sideline reporter Lisa Salters — who is entering her ninth season — and officiating analyst John Parry.
They new crew replaces Joe Tessitore and “Booger” McFarland, and will make their debut in the second game of ESPN’s Sept. 14 doubleheader between the Titans and Broncos.
Excited to start 25th season w/ @KirkHerbstreit w/our #nfl debut! Dropping into #MNF booth for @steelers @Giants 9/14. (Yeah it’s finally official). Huge plot lines in that game, just a day after the @usopen finals weekend. Very grateful to call that trifecta of events!— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) August 17, 2020