Renowned for his football analysis on NBC's NFL broadcasts, Cris Collinsworth is preparing for Super Bowl XLIX on a level seemingly on par with the game's participants, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.
As a profile from Kevin Clark of The Wall Street Journal details, Collinsworth typically spends six hours before each game he calls watching film of each team's offense and defense, plus "countless" more studying any additional details available. He has four laptops for watching film and recording his insights, especially using Pro Football Focus, a football analytics site in which he is an investor.
Collinsworth also spends hours talking to each team's head coach and coordinators. "This is life" for him, according to Clark's profile.
“How I do this is how I did law school,” said Collinsworth, who studied law at the University of Cincinnati. “You start with 50 pages of notes that turn into 25 pages of notes that turn into 10 pages of notes that turn into five pages, then you try to memorize them for the game.”
Sunday will mark Collinsworth's third Super Bowl, while his broadcast partner, Al Michaels, will be calling his ninth. An estimated 110 million people are expected to watch the Super Bowl, which will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday on NBC from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
- Mike Fiammetta