Comparisons to Madden inevitable for incoming analyst Collinsworth
Two weeks ago, the
"Do I know the comparisons are coming?" Collinsworth said. "Do I know that people are going to say that he's no
NBC executives had always planned to replace Madden with Collinsworth, who co-hosted the network's
"The untold story of this is that I didn't want this job," Collinsworth said during a recent interview with SI.com. "I have one kid in college and a son who is a high school senior who plays football every Friday night. I also have another son who is playing freshman football and a daughter who plays soccer. Doing the studio show meant I went to New York on Saturday night [from his home in Northern Kentucky] and typically came home on Monday morning. Now I leave home every Thursday night, and to see everything I want to see involving my family is incredibly hard.
"I know it's my job to take on the burden of being the guy who follows John Madden. Nobody in their right mind would volunteer for this job. It's not a good professional position to be in. Yet it is my job. [NBC Sports head]
Collinsworth and announcer
One major difference between Collinsworth and Madden is that Collinsworth will editorialize in the booth far more than his predecessor. "I offend people," Collinsworth said. "I know that. There are a lot of people who don't like a football analyst on the games doing that. They just want a straight calling of the game and there are a lot of places that they can hear that. But that's not what I do. ... Even though I fully acknowledge that sometimes what I say is wrong -- and I try to be the first to admit when I am wrong -- you are going to know what I think at the end of the broadcast. If that ends up working out, great. If that ends up not working out, I will get to see a lot of my kids' games."
"I would give him a hug, and say thank you very much," Collinsworth said. "Then I'd call
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