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Cris Collinsworth: Bio, Son, Salary, Wife

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Who is Cris Collinsworth?

Cris Collinsworth: Bio, Son, Salary, Wife

Cris Collinsworth is a sports broadcaster and former professional American football player. Cris, who was born in Ohio, began playing football in high school and went on to become an All-American quarterback. He played college football while attending college on an athletic scholarship before being drafted by the ‘Cincinnati Bengals’ after graduation, with whom he spent his entire 8-year ‘National Football League (NFL)’ career. After retiring from the NFL, he pursued a new career as a sports broadcaster. He works as a sportscaster on NBC, Showtime, and the NFL Network. He has 15 Sports Emmy Awards and owns Pro Football Focus, a sports statistics monitoring service.

Childhood & Early Life

Anthony Cris Collinsworth was born in Dayton, Ohio, USA on January 27, 1959. He had a younger brother, Greg, and was the son of educators Abraham and Donetta Collinsworth (who passed away from cancer in 2004). His family relocated to Titusville, Florida, in 1963. Cris attended ‘Astronaut High School,’ where his father served as principal. He began playing football and went on to become a high school football All-American quarterback.

College Career

Cris Collinsworth received an athletic scholarship to the ‘University of Florida’ in Gainesville, Florida. Cris was a senior captain on the ‘1980 Gator team’ and was named MVP of the ‘1980 Tangerine Bowl.’ In 1981, he was inducted into the ‘University of Florida’ Student Hall of Fame. That same year, he graduated from college with a BA in accounting.

NFL Career

After graduating in 1981, the ‘Cincinnati Bengals’ selected Cris Collinsworth in the second round of the NFL draft. He played his entire football career, all eight years, for the ‘Bengals.’ While he joined the ‘Tampa Bay Bandits’ in 1985, an ankle injury forced him back to the ‘Bengals,’ where he remained until his retirement due to a back problem in 1988.

Broadcasting Career

Following his retirement from the NFL, he began a career as a sports radio talk show host with the Cincinnati station ‘WLW.’ Cris joined NBC in 1990 and worked on NBC Sports from 1990 to 1996 before joining the NBC pregame show in 1996. He won his first Emmy Award for this show in 1997, and he went on to win 15 more during his career. During this time, in 1991, he also returned to school to finish his law degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. At the ‘1996 Altanta Olympics,’ he made his first ‘Olympics’ broadcast as a track and field reporter.

Cris Collingsworth moved to the ‘NFL on Fox’ TV show after NBC lost broadcasting rights to CBS in 1998. On this show, he was the color commentator (the person who fills in for the play-by-play commentator to fill in the airtime). He worked on the TV show ‘Guinness World Records Primetime’ while at ‘Fox.’ In 2002, he was assigned to the lead broadcasting crew.
From 2006 to 2008, he was a studio analyst and co-host of NBC’s ‘Football Night Live,’ also appearing on ‘HBO’ and the ‘NFL Network’ at the same time. He also co-hosted the ‘Super Bowl XLIII Pregame Show.’

Cris Collinsworth was named co-host of NBC’s Sunday Night Football on April 16, 2009, and he will continue to do so until 2020.

Cris Collinsworth purchased a majority stake in the sports statistic monitoring service ‘Pro Football Focus (PFF)’ in 2014. He also served as a correspondent at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Family & Personal Life

Cris Collinsworth has been married to attorney Holly Bankemper since June 3, 1989. They have four children and one grandchild and live in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. His son, Austin, is a former football player and team captain at the ‘University of Notre Dame,’ and his other son, Jac, is a features reporter for the ‘ESPN’ Channel’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown.’

Cris’s mother, Donetta Browning Collinsworth, and father, Abraham Lincoln “Abe” Collinsworth, were both educators. His father, interestingly, was a basketball player who also played in the National Football League for the Kentucky Wildcats, winning the national championship in 1958. Greg Collinsworth and Kyle Collinsworth are his two younger brothers.

Education

Cris Collinsworth and his brother Greg Collinsworth attended Astronaut High School in Titusville, Florida for their primary education.

He was also awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

He was also inducted into the University of Florida’s Student Hall of Fame for his outstanding academic and athletic achievements. He was also a member of the University of Florida’s college basketball team.

In addition, he earned a doctorate (Juris Doctor) from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in Cincinnati in 1991.

Who is Holly Bankemper? Anthony Cris Collinsworth Wife’s

Bankemper, who lives in Fort Thomas, Kentucky with her husband Collinsworth, is an attorney.

On June 3, 1989, the couple married.

They first met through mutual friends while Bankemper was a University of Kentucky cheerleader.

The two met while attending law school at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Collinsworth graduated in 1991, while Bankemper graduated in 1988.

Collinsworth told Cincinnati Magazine in 2001 that he was “just lucky” to meet his wife.

“But she’s fantastic,” he said. “My wife is a force to be reckoned with. It’s amazing how much she can handle, especially given how much I’m away from home.”

Children

Ashley Collinsworth, Austin Collinsworth, Jac Collinsworth, and Katie Collinsworth are the couple’s four children.

Jac Collinsworth, 27, has decided to follow in his father’s footsteps as a sports commentator.

He will make his Super Bowl broadcast debut during the Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show on February 13, 2022.

In March 2020, he began working as a commentator for NBC Sports.

Austin Collinsworth, 30, has also played football in the past.

From 2010 to 2013, he was the captain of the University of Notre Dame football team.

Ashley Collinsworth, 29, was a Harvard University track and field student-athlete.

Katie Collinsworth, 32, is married with two children and has worked for GolfNow.

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