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List of NFL on CBS commentator pairings

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CBS Sports began televising National Football League games in 1956. The network inherited the rights to games of most of the teams from the defunct DuMont Television Network; back then, each NFL team negotiated its own television deal. From 1956 to 1967, CBS assigned their commentating crews to one team each for the entire season. Beginning in 1968, CBS instituted a semi-merit system for their commentating crews. Following the 1993 season, there was no NFL on CBS after the network lost its half of the Sunday afternoon TV package (the National Football Conference) to the Fox Broadcasting Company. However, CBS gained the American Football Conference package from NBC beginning in 1998. The names of the play-by-play men are listed first while the color commentators are listed second; sideline reporters, when used, are listed last.






Other crews: Bob Wolff/Curly Morrison



Other crews: Bob Wolff/Curly Morrison








  • In 1964, CBS experimented with a half-and-half format for their announcers. The first half was called by the home teams' commentators while the rest of the game was called by the visitors' commentators.






  1. Jack Buck or Ray Scott/Pat Summerall
  2. Ray Scott or Chuck Thompson/Paul Christman
  3. Lindsey Nelson or Don Criqui/Tom Brookshier
  4. Jack Whitaker/Frank Gifford
  5. Jack Drees or Lindsey Nelson/George Connor
  6. Chuck Thompson/Lenny Moore/Frank Gifford (Week 13)
  7. Frank Glieber/Eddie LeBaron
  8. Don Criqui or Jack Drees/Johnny Sauer


  • This was the first year that CBS abandoned dedicated team announcing crews and instituted a semi-merit announcing team system (one that is still used to this day).

The teams of Buck/Summerall and Scott/Christman performed double-duty in Week 12.

  • Buck/Summerall: Washington-Dallas (Thursday), Los Angeles Rams-Minnesota (Sunday)
  • Scott/Christman: Philadelphia-Detroit (Thursday), Chicago-New Orleans (Sunday)
  • Chuck Thompson filled in for Ray Scott in Week 4, who was also filling in for Jack Buck.
  • In Week 13, Frank Gifford joined the team of Chuck Thompson and Lenny Moore for Baltimore-Green Bay on Saturday, then the following day called Cleveland-Washington with regular partner Jack Whitaker.
  • In Week 14, Don Criqui, Lindsey Nelson, and Jack Drees all switched partners. Criqui teamed with Nelson's regular partner Tom Brookshier, Nelson teamed with Drees' regular partner George Connor, and Drees paired with Criqui's regular partner Johnny Sauer. Drees and Sauer would actually pair up in the booth the following season.


  1. Ray Scott/Paul Christman
  2. Lindsey Nelson, Jack Buck or Andy Musser/Tom Brookshier
  3. Frank Glieber or Lindsey Nelson/Eddie LeBaron
  4. Jack Buck or Frank Gifford/Pat Summerall (Buck and Summerall would be assigned to call Super Bowl IV)
  5. Jack Whitaker/Frank Gifford or Don Perkins
  6. Jack Drees/Johnny Sauer
  7. Chuck Thompson or Frank Gifford/Jerry Kramer/Don Perkins (Week 14)
  8. Don Criqui/Frank Clarke

The teams of Scott/Christman and Buck/Summerall performed double-duty in Week 11.

With this being the final season before the AFL–NFL merger, this was also the final season where both leagues would have Thanksgiving doubleheaders. Starting in 1970, only two games were played on Thanksgiving, with the Lions and Cowboys hosting those games, and an AFC team rotating as the visiting team between Detroit and Dallas every year.

  • Jack Buck filled in for Lindsey Nelson in Week 3.
  • Andy Musser filled in for Lindsey Nelson in Week 14, while Nelson filled in for Frank Glieber.
  • Don Perkins filled in for Frank Gifford during Weeks 3 and 4, while Frank Gifford was doing play-by-play fill-in for Jack Buck and Chuck Thompson, respectively. Perkins also joined Thompson and Jerry Kramer for their Week 14 game between Minnesota and Atlanta.



  1. Ray Scott/Pat Summerall (a good number of games Scott called during this time still involved the Packers)
  2. Frank Glieber or Don Criqui (Week 11)/Frank Gifford
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Don Perkins
  4. Jack Whitaker/Tom Brookshier
  5. Jack Drees/Andy Musser (Weeks 2, 7, 9, 11, and 12), Eddie LeBaron (Weeks 6, 13, and 14) or Frank Clarke (Week 5)
  6. Don Criqui or Andy Musser (Week 14)/Johnny Sauer
  7. Frank Glieber (Weeks 4, 9, and 11), Andy Musser (Week 5), Gil Stratton (Week 7) or Dick Stockton (Week 12)/Eddie LeBaron
  8. Frank Gifford/Frank Clarke (Weeks 4 and 14)


  • This would be Frank Gifford's final season for CBS before departing for ABC's Monday Night Football.
  • Pat Summerall was moved from calling games with Jack Buck to calling games with Ray Scott after Scott's broadcast partner, Paul Christman, died from a heart attack at the age of 51 in March 1970.


  1. Ray Scott or Frank Glieber (Week 7)/Pat Summerall
  2. Jack Whitaker/Tom Brookshier
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Johnny Sauer
  4. Frank Glieber/Eddie LeBaron
  5. Jack Buck or Don Criqui/Alex Hawkins
  6. Don Criqui or Jack Buck/Irv Cross
  7. Jack Drees/George Connor


  • In Weeks 10-14, Jack Buck and Don Criqui traded broadcast partners; Buck started the season teamed with Alex Hawkins, while Criqui started the season with Irv Cross (who was in his first season at CBS and stayed for 21 years both in the booth and on The NFL Today).


  1. Ray Scott/Pat Summerall
  2. Jack Buck/Tom Brookshier
  3. Jack Whitaker/Jim Morse or Tucker Frederickson (Week 5)
  4. Lindsey Nelson or Jim Thacker (Week 5)/Johnny Sauer
  5. Frank Glieber/Alex Hawkins
  6. Jack Drees/George Connor/Gale Sayers (Week 4)
  7. Don Criqui/Irv Cross
  8. Lindsey Nelson/Johnny Morris (Week 5)


  1. Ray Scott/Pat Summerall (Weeks 2, 4, 11 Thanksgiving, and 12) or Tom Brookshier (Weeks 1, 3, 5-9, 11 Sunday, 13, and 14)
  2. Jack Buck/Wayne Walker (Weeks 2, 4, 5, 8, and 11-13), Pat Summerall (Weeks 1, 3, 7, 9, and 10) or Johnny Sauer (Week 6)/Bart Starr (Week 10)
  3. Don Criqui/Tommy Mason or Irv Cross (Week 6)
  4. Frank Glieber/Pete Retzlaff, Wayne Walker (Week 6), Timmy Brown (Week 11) or Pat Summerall (Week 13)
  5. Dan Kelly/Irv Cross, Tom Brookshier (Week 2), Wayne Walker (Weeks 9 and 10) or Timmy Brown (Week 12)
  6. Lindsey Nelson/Johnny Sauer, Pat Summerall (Weeks 6 and 8) or Irv Cross (Weeks 11 and 13)
  7. Jack Whitaker/Timmy Brown, Pat Summerall (Weeks 5 and 11), Wayne Walker (Weeks 1, 3, and 14 ), or Tom Brookshier (Weeks 10 and 12),
  8. Jack Drees/Johnny Sauer, Irv Cross (Weeks 12 and 14), Timmy Brown (Week 3), Wayne Walker (Week 7) or Tommy Mason (Week 10)


  • This was Ray Scott's final season with CBS, as well as Pat Summerall's last full season as a color commentator. Bart Starr joined Scott and Summerall for Super Bowl VIII.
  • In Week 11, Ray Scott and Pat Summerall worked Washington-Detroit on Thanksgiving Day, then on the following Sunday, Scott called Chicago-Minnesota with Tom Brookshier, and Summerall joined Jack Whitaker for Atlanta-New York Jets.
  • Jack Whitaker also left the play-by-play booth after this season. Whitaker would later move to the NFL Today; where he provided featured commentaries until his exit for ABC Sports in 1982.
  • Pat Summerall ended up calling games with four different broadcasters in 1973; as in addition to regular broadcast partner Ray Scott, Summerall also worked with Jack Whitaker, Frank Glieber and Jack Buck.


  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier/Johnny Unitas (Weeks 11, 13) or Bart Starr (Week 12)
  2. Jack Buck/Pat Summerall (Weeks 1-3, 5), Wayne Walker (Weeks 4, 11, 14), Johnny Sauer (Weeks 7, 10), Johnny Unitas (Weeks 6, 12), Pete Retzlaff (Week 13), Irv Cross (Week 8) or Bart Starr (Week 9)
  3. Don Criqui/Irv Cross (Weeks 5-7, 11, 12), Wayne Walker (Weeks 1, 8), Tom Brookshier (Weeks 2, 3), Pat Summerall (Week 4), Tommy Mason (Week 10) or Johnny Sauer (Week 13)
  4. Frank Glieber/Johnny Unitas (Week 7, 13), Bart Starr (Weeks 1, 2, 4), Tommy Mason (Week 5, 8), Pete Retzlaff (Week 10), Wayne Walker (Weeks 3, 12), Tom Brookshier (Week 6) or Johnny Sauer (Weeks 9, 14)
  5. Lindsey Nelson/Bart Starr (Week 6-8, 10-12), Wayne Walker (Weeks 9, 13), Johnny Sauer (Weeks 4, 14 (Saturday)), Tom Brookshier (Week 5) or Irv Cross (Week 14 (Sunday))
  6. Dick Stockton/Pete Retzlaff (Weeks 2, 3, 9, 11), Tommy Mason (Weeks 1, 7), Tom Brookshier (Week 4), Bart Starr (Week 13), Johnny Unitas (Week 14) or Wayne Walker (Week 10)
  7. Brent Musburger/Johnny Sauer (Weeks 1, 8, 11), Wayne Walker (Weeks 2, 5), or Pat Summerall (Week 6)
  8. Dan Kelly/Irv Cross (Weeks 1 3), Tommy Mason (Week 4), Johnny Sauer (Week 6) or Pete Retzlaff (Week 8)
  9. Bill Campbell/Tom Brookshier (Week 1)
  10. Bill Mazer/Pete Retzlaff (Week 4)
  • Jack Buck left CBS following this season to anchor the inaugural season of GrandStand on NBC. Dick Stockton also departed CBS for NBC to call NFL, as well as the 1975 World Series.
  • This was Brent Musburger and Irv Cross' last year in the booth before moving over to host the NFL Today pregame show for CBS.
  • Bart Starr left CBS after 1974 to become head coach of the Green Bay Packers. He called the Thanksgiving game between Washington and Dallas with Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier.
  • In Week 7, CBS shook up the lineup with Pat Summerall being shuffled from color commentator opposite Jack Buck to play-by-play opposite Tom Brookshier.


  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully (Weeks 3-14) or Paul Hornung (Weeks 1)/Hank Stram (Weeks 1, 3-9) or Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 10-14)
  3. Frank Glieber/Alex Hawkins (Weeks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 14), Hank Stram (Weeks 11, 13), Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 5), or Tim Van Galder
  4. Lindsey Nelson/Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 1, 4, 8), Paul Hornung (Weeks 3, 6, 7, 12), Tim Van Galder (Weeks 5) or Alex Hawkins (Weeks 2, 9, 10, 13, 14)
  5. Don Criqui/Alex Hawkins (Weeks 5) or Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 2, 9)
  6. Al Michaels/Wayne Walker (Weeks 1, 2, 4-6, 9, 11, 13, 14) or Hank Stram (Weeks 10, 12) (primarily 49er West Coast games)
  7. Paul Hornung/Johnny Morris
  8. Gary Bender/Johnny Unitas (Weeks 1, 2, 5, 8-11, 13, 14, ) or Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 3, 6, 7)


  1. Pat Summerall (Week 2-14), Lindsey Nelson (Week 1) or Gary Bender (Week 12, Sunday Game)/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully/Paul Hornung (Weeks 5, 8-11, 13 (Both Games), 14) or Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 6, 7)
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Alex Hawkins (Weeks 2-4, 13, 14), Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 7, 9), Johnny Morris (Weeks 5, 11), Emerson Boozer (Week 6) or Dick Butkus (Week 8)
  4. Frank Glieber/Emerson Boozer (Weeks 1, 2, 4, 7, 10, 13, 14) or Sonny Jurgensen (Week 12)
  5. Don Criqui/Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 2, 3, 5, 11, 13), Alex Hawkins (Weeks 6, 8, 10) or Paul Hornung (Week 12)
  6. Gary Bender (Weeks 2-11, 13, 14) or Lindsey Nelson (Week 12)/Johnny Unitas
  7. Jim Thacker/Tom Matte (Week 2, 6, 10), Emerson Boozer (Week 3, 9, 12), Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 4, 14), Alex Hawkins (Week 1) or Bob Lilly (Week 11)
  8. Bob Costas/Emerson Boozer (Week 8, 11), Tom Matte (Weeks 9, 13), Tommy McDonald (Week 1), Tim Van Galder (Week 3) or Sonny Jurgensen (Week 10)
  9. Paul Hornung/Johnny Morris (Weeks 1-4, 6)
  • Bob Costas was hired just before the season to replace Al Michaels, who had joined ABC. Costas' first assignment was San FranciscoGreen Bay in Week 1, with Tommy McDonald.
  • In Week 12, Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier called the Thanksgiving Day game between St. Louis and Dallas, while on Sunday Gary Bender joined Brookshier to call Seattle-NY Giants. Lindsey Nelson joined Bender's regular partner Johnny Unitas to call Chicago-Green Bay.


  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully/Alex Hawkins (Weeks 4-8, 10, 12-14), Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 1-3) or Jim Brown (Week 11)/Johnny Morris (Week 14)
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Paul Hornung (Weeks 1-8, 10-12) and/or Jim Brown (Weeks 9, 13)
  4. Frank Glieber/Emerson Boozer (Weeks 6, 13), Roy Jefferson (Week 4) or Alex Hawkins (Week 3)
  5. Don Criqui (Weeks 1-3, 10, 13, 14), Bob Costas (Week 11) or Gary Bender (Week 14)/Emerson Boozer (Weeks 1-3, 10, 11, 14) or Paul Hornung (Weeks 13, 14)
  6. Gary Bender (Weeks 1, 5, 6, 8), Don Criqui (Week 4), Bob Costas (Week 9) or Tim Ryan (Weeks 11, 12, 14)/Tom Matte
  7. Don Criqui (Weeks 5, 11, 12), Bob Costas (Week 2), Tim Ryan (Week 1) or Frank Glieber (Week 9)/Nick Buoniconti
  8. Frank Glieber (Weeks 2, 5, 8) or Gary Bender (Weeks 7, 13)/Johnny Morris/Tom Matte (Week 13)
  9. Gary Bender (Weeks 10, 11), Frank Glieber (Week 1), Jim Thacker (Week 5), Tim Ryan (Weeks 3, 13) or Don Criqui (Weeks 6, 8)/Johnny Unitas
  10. Tim Ryan (Week 5), Don Criqui (Weeks 7, 9), Bob Costas (Week 8) or Frank Glieber (Week 10)/Sonny Jurgensen
  11. Bob Costas (Week 12) or Tim Ryan (Week 7)/Roy Jefferson


  1. Pat Summerall, Vin Scully or Don Criqui/Tom Brookshier/Sonny Jurgensen (Weeks 2-4, 9)
  2. Vin Scully/George Allen/Jim Brown
  3. Lindsey Nelson or Frank Glieber/Paul Hornung/Roman Gabriel (Week 2) or Johnny Unitas (Week 5)
  4. Gary Bender, Bill Mazer, Don Criqui or Frank Glieber/Hank Stram/Nick Buoniconti (Week 2)
  5. Don Criqui, Frank Glieber or Tim Ryan/Sonny Jurgensen and/or Nick Buoniconti
  6. Tim Ryan, Bob Costas or Frank Glieber/Johnny Morris
  7. Frank Glieber, Tim Ryan, Bob Costas, Bill Mazer, Jim Thacker or Don Criqui/Tom Matte/Roman Gabriel (Week 5), Johnny Unitas (Week 7) or Bill Mazer (Week 8)
  8. Jim Thacker, Frank Glieber or Tim Ryan/Roman Gabriel
  9. Gary Bender, Tim Ryan or Frank Glieber/Johnny Unitas
  10. Frank Glieber/Bill Mazer (Week 4)
  11. Tim Ryan/Nick Buoniconti (Week 14)
  • This was Don Criqui's last season with CBS before departing for NBC, being "traded" to NBC in exchange for Curt Gowdy. Criqui returned to CBS in 1998 after CBS regained NFL coverage by taking over the American Football Conference package.
  • CBS would experiment with three-man booths during the first half of the season. Jim Brown joined Vin Scully and George Allen beginning in Week 3 and lasted throughout the season.


  1. Pat Summerall or Gary Bender/Tom Brookshier and/or John Madden or Sonny Jurgensen
  2. Vin Scully or Dick Stockton/George Allen
  3. Curt Gowdy/Hank Stram
  4. Lindsey Nelson or Frank Glieber/Paul Hornung
  5. Gary Bender or Frank Glieber/Sonny Jurgensen
  6. Frank Glieber or Lindsey Nelson/John Madden
  7. Tim Ryan, Bob Costas or Dick Stockton/Johnny Morris
  8. Tim Ryan, Frank Glieber, Dick Stockton or Bob Costas/Roman Gabriel
  • Pat Summerall and John Madden were paired together for the first time on the telecast of the MinnesotaTampa Bay game on November 25. Madden substituted for Brookshier, who was unavailable to work the telecast. Madden also joined Summerall and Brookshier for the AtlantaOakland game in Week 7.
  • In Week 15, Pat Summerall worked DallasPhiladelphia on Saturday with Tom Brookshier, then ChicagoGreen Bay the next day with Sonny Jurgensen.



  1. Pat Summerall or Gary Bender/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully or Gil Santos/George Allen
  3. Gary Bender or Dick Stockton/John Madden
  4. Curt Gowdy or Lindsey Nelson/Hank Stram
  5. Lindsey Nelson or Jim Kelly/Sonny Jurgensen
  6. Frank Glieber/Roger Staubach
  7. Tim Ryan, Frank Glieber or Dick Stockton/Johnny Morris
  8. Frank Glieber, Dick Stockton or Jim Kelly/Jim Hill
  9. Dick Stockton/Paul Warfield (Week 7 only)
  10. Curt Gowdy/Jim Marshall (Week 7 only)


  1. Pat Summerall or Vin Scully/John Madden
  2. Vin Scully, Gary Bender, Pat Summerall or Tom Brookshier/Hank Stram
  3. Lindsey Nelson/George Allen, or Fred Biletnikoff
  4. Tom Brookshier, Frank Glieber or Gary Bender/Roger Staubach
  5. Gary Bender or Tim Ryan/Fred Dryer
  6. Tom Brookshier, Gary Bender, Tim Ryan, Frank Glieber or Dick Stockton/Johnny Morris
  7. Dick Stockton, Frank Glieber or Gary Bender/Jim Hill
  8. Jim Kelly, Tim Ryan, Gary Bender or Frank Glieber/John Dockery
  • In 1981, CBS in the first half of the season did not have set teams. After Thanksgiving, Gary Bender and Frank Glieber moved over to college basketball, which was CBS' first season of broadcasting that particular sport.
  • This was Fred Dryer's only season as a broadcaster before he went into acting, most famously as the star of the 1984–91 NBC series Hunter.
  • Lindsey Nelson's last year calling NFL games for CBS television, as he moved over to co-lead CBS' coverage of college football in 1982; he would continue calling NFL games for CBS Radio in 1982 and 1983.
  • Going into the 1981 NFL season, CBS Sports executives decided that John Madden was going to replace Tom Brookshier as their star NFL color commentator. But they had trouble figuring out who was going to be his play-by-play partner. So in September (for the first four games of the season), they paired Vin Scully with Madden while Pat Summerall was busy covering the US Open tennis tournament for CBS. For the next four games of the season in October, they paired Summerall with Madden while Scully called Major League Baseball's National League Championship Series and World Series for the Dodgers Radio Network and CBS Radio respectively. After the eighth week of the NFL season, CBS Sports executives decided that the laconic, baritone-voiced Summerall's style was more in tune with the lively, verbose Madden than the elegant, poetic Scully. As a consolation prize, CBS Sports gave Scully the "B" team assignment and the right to call the NFC Championship Game on CBS Television with Hank Stram. Meanwhile, Pat Summerall called that game on CBS Radio with Jack Buck while John Madden prepared to do the Super Bowl with Summerall in Pontiac, Michigan. Vin Scully reportedly wasn't happy about the demotion, the perception being that his intelligence had been insulted. As a result, Scully bolted to NBC (where he started a seven-year run as their lead Major League Baseball announcer) as soon as his contract with CBS was up.


  1. Pat Summerall or Frank Glieber/John Madden
  2. Jack Buck/Hank Stram
  3. Dick Stockton/Roger Staubach or Jim Hill
  4. Tom Brookshier/Wayne Walker
  5. Frank Glieber/Joe Greene
  6. Tim Ryan or Jim Kelly/Johnny Morris
  7. Jim Kelly/John Dockery (Weeks 1, 8-9)
  8. Sam Nover/Calvin Hill (Week 6 only)
  • Jack Buck returned to CBS television coverage that season.
  • As a consequence of a players strike, which shortened the regular season from 16 to 9 games, the NFL used a revised playoff format where divisional standings were ignored. Instead, eight teams from each conference were seeded 1–8 based on their regular season records. This marked the only time that NFL playoff games were regionally televised.


  1. Pat Summerall or Jack Buck/John Madden
  2. Frank Glieber/Dick Vermeil
  3. Jack Buck or Jim Kelly (Week 2)/Hank Stram
  4. Dick Stockton/Wayne Walker or Jim Hill (Week 9)
  5. Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris
  6. Tom Brookshier or Jim Hill (Week 11)/Charlie Waters or Jim Hill (Week 14)
  7. Jim Kelly/John Dockery or Jim Hill (Week 5)
  • Jack Buck teamed with John Madden to call the Week 2 game between the Giants and Falcons.
  • Tom Brookshier was suspended for the final week of the 1983 season after commenting during a promo for an NCAA basketball game between the Louisville Cardinals and North Carolina State Wolfpack that the Louisville starting five (which happened to be all black) "had a collective IQ of about 40". Brookshier eventually apologized and was reinstated for the 1984 NFL season.


  1. Pat Summerall or Jack Buck/John Madden (called mostly Giants games)
  2. Frank Glieber/Dick Vermeil or Jean Fugett
  3. Dick Stockton/Hank Stram
  4. Tom Brookshier/Wayne Walker
  5. Verne Lundquist/Terry Bradshaw
  6. Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris (called almost all Bears games this season)
  7. Jim Kelly/Drew Pearson or Jean Fugett
  8. Jim Hill/John Dockery


  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden (this pairing was assigned primarily to New York Giants games during the first half of the season)
  2. Jack Buck or Tom Brookshier/Hank Stram/Dick Vermeil (Week 16 only) (called mostly Cardinals games on CBS; Dick Vermeil teamed up with Buck and Stram for the Cowboys-Rams playoff game and the Week 16 Redskins-Cardinals game.)
  3. Dick Stockton/Wayne Walker or Dan Dierdorf (this pairing was assigned to 7 of the first 9 San Francisco 49ers games)
  4. Tom Brookshier/Dick Vermeil/Irv Cross (Week 8 only)
  5. Verne Lundquist/Terry Bradshaw
  6. Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris or Dan Jiggetts (this pairing was assigned to most Chicago Bears games on CBS)
  7. Jim Hill or Dan Dierdorf/John Dockery
  8. Dan Dierdorf/Jean Fugett
  9. Jim Kelly or Tom Brookshier/Dan Jiggetts
  • In May 1985, while jogging at the Ken Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, play-by-play announcer Frank Glieber died of a heart attack. Tom Brookshier moved from his position with Wayne Walker to Glieber's position alongside Dick Vermeil.
  • During the early part of the 1985 season, CBS had frequently begun assigning broadcast crews to specific teams, with Pat Summerall and John Madden often assigned to games involving the New York Giants; Tim Ryan and Johnny Morris to Chicago Bears games and Dick Stockton and Wayne Walker to San Francisco 49ers games.[17] Morris was the sports director for Chicago's CBS station, WBBM-TV, while Walker worked for KPIX-TV in San Francisco. The practice was mostly abandoned during the 2nd half of the season, in large part due to wanting to schedule the #1 crew of Summerall and Madden to as many remaining CBS games involving the eventual Super Bowl champion Bears as possible.


  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist (Week 1)/John Madden (called mostly Giants games on CBS)
  2. Dick Stockton, Wayne Walker (Week 11) or Verne Lundquist (Week 14)/Dan Dierdorf, Johnny Morris (Week 11) or Dick Vermeil (Week 14)
  3. Gary Bender or Wayne Walker (Weeks 2, 8) or Tom Brookshier (Week 11)/Hank Stram or Johnny Morris (Week 2, 8)
  4. Jack Buck or Verne Lundquist (Weeks 6, 8) or Jim Hill (Weeks 7, 9)/Joe Theismann or Johnny Morris (Weeks 7, 9)
  5. Tim Ryan, Verne Lundquist (Week 2) or Wayne Walker (Week 12)/Terry Bradshaw or Pat Haden (Week 2) or Johnny Morris (Week 14)
  6. Tom Brookshier or Verne Lundquist or Wayne Walker (Weeks 5, 15) or Jim Hill (Week 10)/Dick Vermeil, Johnny Morris (Weeks 5, 10) or Tom Brookshier (Week 15)
  7. Verne Lundquist, Wayne Walker (Week 4), Jim Hill (Week 6) or Tim Ryan (Week 12)/Pat Haden or Johnny Morris (Weeks 4, 6, 12)
  8. Ralph Hacker (Week 6) or Wayne Walker (Week 7)/Dan Jiggetts (Weeks 6, 7)
  • Starting during this season and continuing until CBS lost NFC coverage in 1993, Verne Lundquist occasionally filled in for Pat Summerall while Summerall was assigned to calling the US Open tournament.
  • 1986 would mark Wayne Walker's final season as part of the CBS broadcast team (Walker would remain as sports director on KPIX in San Francisco until 1994 and would work as a color commentator on San Francisco 49ers radio broadcasts until 1998). For this season, Walker would move from color commentator to play-by-play.
  • Dan Dierdorf's last season at CBS before moving to ABC. He would return to CBS in 1999.
  • Gary Bender's last season at CBS before moving to ABC.
  • Tom Brookshier's last season calling games for CBS.


  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Tim Ryan or Jack Buck/Joe Theismann
  3. Dick Stockton/Terry Bradshaw
  4. Tim Brant/Hank Stram
  5. James Brown/Dan Jiggetts
  6. Jim Lampley/Ken Stabler
  7. Verne Lundquist/Dick Vermeil (Vermeil doubled as a panelist for The NFL Today that season; the following season, Vermeil would move to ABC to cover college football)
  8. Jack Buck/Will McDonough
  • This season marked Jack Buck's final season calling National Football League games on television as a regular. Buck did not return to the NFL on CBS for television until he was assigned to fill-in duties late in the 1990 season.
  • Joe Theismann's last season at CBS; the following year, he moved to ESPN.


  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist (Weeks 1 and 2)/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist, Steve Zabriskie (Week 1) or Tim Brant (Week 2)/Terry Bradshaw or Irv Cross or Dan Jiggetts
  3. Tim Ryan or Greg Gumbel (Week 8)/Dan Jiggetts or Ken Stabler (Week 8)
  4. Dick Stockton or Steve Zabriskie (Week 13)/Dan Fouts or Will McDonough (Week 13)
  5. Tim Brant/Hank Stram or John Dockery
  6. James Brown or Steve Zabriskie (Week 15)/Gary Fencik
  7. Greg Gumbel, Steve Zabriskie (Week 14) or Jim Nantz (Week 15)/Ken Stabler
  8. Steve Zabriskie/Will McDonough (Weeks 3 and 7) (like Dick Vermeil a year earlier, McDonough would also serve as an occasional NFL Today panelist)
  9. Jim Nantz/Pat Haden (Week 7 only)
  • Hank Stram missed Weeks 2-6 of the season after collapsing en route to the Week 2 game between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears, and would be replaced in the booth by Dan Jiggetts, John Dockery, and Terry Bradshaw.
  • Terry Bradshaw missed Weeks 7 and 8 following his own health scare when Bradshaw, after awakening with chest pains and fearing he was having a heart attack, was rushed to the hospital; upon which it was discovered that the pain was due to a broken sternum suffered as a child (though not before Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA-TV briefly speculated that a tumor was found)[18]


  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist or Steve Zabriskie/Terry Bradshaw
  3. Dick Stockton or James Brown/Dan Fouts
  4. Tim Brant/Dan Jiggetts
  5. Steve Zabriskie/Hank Stram
  6. James Brown/Ken Stabler
  7. Tim Ryan/Randy Cross
  8. Jim Nantz or Greg Gumbel/Pat Haden
  • This was Terry Bradshaw's last year as a game commentator for CBS. The following season, he would be promoted to a co-hosting role alongside Greg Gumbel on The NFL Today. Gumbel and Bradshaw replaced Brent Musburger and Irv Cross respectively.



  1. Pat Summerall, Verne Lundquist or Dick Stockton/John Madden
  2. Dick Stockton/Merlin Olsen
  3. Verne Lundquist, Jack Buck or Jim Henderson/Dan Fouts
  4. Tim Ryan/Irv Cross
  5. James Brown/Randy Cross
  6. Jim Henderson/Hank Stram
  7. Brad Nessler/Dan Jiggetts
  8. Jim Nantz/Tim Brant
  • During the 1990 season, Pat Summerall was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer after vomiting on a plane during a flight after a BearsRedskins game, and was out for a considerable amount of time. While Dick Stockton and Verne Lundquist replaced Summerall on games with John Madden, Jack Buck (who was at CBS during the time as the network's lead Major League Baseball announcer) was added as a regular NFL broadcaster to fill-in. Jim Henderson called the Minnesota/Tampa Bay game with Dan Fouts.
  • After being dropped from The NFL Today, Irv Cross returned to the broadcast booth for the 1990 season.
  • Following this season, Tim Brant joined ABC as a college football analyst.


  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist or Brad Nessler/Dan Fouts
  3. Dick Stockton or Brad Nessler/Merlin Olsen
  4. James Brown/Randy Cross
  5. Tim Ryan or Sean McDonough/Irv Cross
  6. Jim Nantz, Sean McDonough or Brad Nessler/Hank Stram
  7. Brad Nessler/Dan Jiggetts (Week 12 only)
  8. Sean McDonough/Dave Jennings (Week 12 only)
  • This was Brad Nessler's final season at CBS until 2016.
  • Merlin Olsen retired from broadcasting after the 1991 season.


  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist, Jim Nantz or Tim Ryan/Dan Fouts
  3. Dick Stockton or Jim Nantz/Randy Cross
  4. Tim Ryan or Mike Emrick/Matt Millen
  5. Jim Nantz, Sean McDonough, Jim Hill, Paul Olden or Mike Emrick/Hank Stram
  6. James Brown/George Starke or John Robinson
  7. Sean McDonough/John Robinson (Weeks 11-12)


  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Jim Nantz or Dick Stockton/Randy Cross
  3. Verne Lundquist or Dick Stockton/Dan Fouts
  4. Tim Ryan or Sean McDonough/Matt Millen
  5. Dick Stockton, James Brown, Mike Emrick, Sean McDonough or Jim Hill/Hank Stram
  6. James Brown/Dennis Byrd or Dan Jiggetts
  7. Dick Stockton/Dan Jiggetts (Week 14)
  8. Dick Stockton/Anthony Muñoz (Weeks 16-17)


  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Verne Lundquist/Randy Cross/Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Sam Wyche
  4. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  5. Ian Eagle/Mark May
  6. Don Criqui/Beasley Reece
  7. Craig Bolerjack (Weeks 1, 11, 15 only) or Bill Macatee (Weeks 6, 12, 14, 16 only)/John Dockery (Weeks 1, 6, 11, 12, 14-16 only)
  8. Tim Brando/Craig James/Lou Holtz (Week 14 only)


  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Verne Lundquist/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Sam Wyche
  4. Gus Johnson or Don Criqui/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Mark May
  6. Don Criqui or Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee (Weeks 2, 5, 6, 9, 12 & 16 only) or Craig Bolerjack (Weeks 10 & 17 only)/Beasley Reece (Weeks 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 16 & 17 only)
  8. Tim Brando (Weeks 2 & 17 only)/Charles Mann (Weeks 2 & 17 only)
  • From 1999 to 2004, the duo of Don Criqui and Steve Tasker were almost always assigned to games featuring the Buffalo Bills. Both Criqui (a Buffalo native) and Tasker (a former Bill) have connections to western New York, and the Criqui-Tasker pairing is one of the last examples of an NFL team having its own network TV announcing crew.
  • Most of the Miami Dolphins games that season were either called by Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms or Verne Lundquist/Dan Dierdorf. They wanted to focus on Dan Marino's last season as a Dolphins quarterback.
  • This was Verne Lundquist's last season as a regular broadcaster for the NFL on CBS; as he would reduce his role to fill-in duty while focusing mainly on calling college football and college basketball on CBS.



  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms or Todd Blackledge/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg or Verne Lundquist/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Sam Wyche, Todd Blackledge, Randy Cross, or Daryl Johnston/Beasley Reece (sideline reporter)
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Mark May
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee (Weeks 4, 6, 10, 13 & 14 only) or Craig Bolerjack (Weeks 7, 12, and 16 only)/Charles Mann (Weeks 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14 and 16 only) or Daryl Johnston (Week 4 only)
  8. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman (Weeks 6, 10 and 16 only)
  • Todd Blackledge, CBS' top college football analyst, filled in for Sam Wyche on the Seattle-Miami Week 1 telecast as Wyche was recovering from vocal cord surgery. Wyche did return to call the Miami-Minnesota broadcast in Week 2, but his voice had gotten worse and Beasley Reece (originally the sideline reporter for this game) was brought in 10 minutes into the telecast to assist in the booth. Wyche would not work another game until Week 1 of the 2001 season before leaving CBS after Week 2.
  • Also in Week 2, Blackledge worked Oakland-Indianapolis as he subbed for Phil Simms, who had an emergency appendectomy.
  • Dick Enberg would make his official NFL on CBS debut in Week 3 (Buffalo-NY Jets), due to his work hosting the US Open. Verne Lundquist joined Dan Dierdorf in Weeks 1 and 2. Various announcers would fill-in for Enberg during the opening weekend of the NFL season until Enberg's departure after the 2009 season.


  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg or Kevin Harlan/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan or Don Criqui/Craig James/Beasley Reece (sideline reporter)
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones/Sam Wyche (Weeks 1-2; Wyche left after Week 2)
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee (Weeks 3, 4, 16 and 17) or Craig Bolerjack (Weeks 7, 8, 10 and 15)/Trevor Matich (Weeks 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 15-17)
  8. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman (Weeks 3 and 17 only)


  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg or Ian Eagle/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross/Beasley Reece (sideline reporter)
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle or Don Criqui/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Craig Bolerjack (Weeks 2, 6, 11 and 12) or Bill Macatee (Weeks 14-16)/Craig James (Weeks 2, 6, 11, 12, 14-16)/Jerry Glanville (Week 16)
  8. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman (Weeks 2 and 12 only)


  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg or Verne Lundquist/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Craig Bolerjack (Weeks 1, 2, 6 and 14) or Bill Macatee (Weeks 12 and 17 only)/Beasley Reece (Weeks 1, 2, 6, 12, 14, and 17)
  8. Bill Macatee/Jerry Glanville (Weeks 2 and 14 only)
  9. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman (Week 2 only)


  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg or Dan Dierdorf/Dan Dierdorf or Todd Blackledge/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross
  4. Gus Johnson or Craig Bolerjack (Week 13 only)/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 13, 15 and 17 only) or Craig Bolerjack (Weeks 11 & 12 only)/Steve Beuerlein (Weeks 2, 4, 6, 11-13, 15 and 17 only)
  8. Craig Bolerjack (Weeks 2 & 17 only) or Brad Sham (Week 12 only)/Rich Baldinger (Weeks 2, 12 & 17 only)
  • In Week 1, Tennessee-Miami was moved a day earlier due to the threat of Hurricane Ivan. As per Dick Enberg's US Open duties, he was filled in on play-by-play by Dan Dierdorf, while Todd Blackledge provided color commentary. Two weeks later, Miami's game against Pittsburgh was pushed to 8:30 pm because of Hurricane Jeanne. The game aired on the CBS and UPN affiliates in both Pittsburgh and Miami.


  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg or Verne Lundquist/Dan Dierdorf or Rich Gannon/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones or Steve Tasker (Jones left after week 3)
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker or Steve Beuerlein or Rich Gannon
  7. Bill Macatee or Spero Dedes/Rich Gannon
  8. Craig Bolerjack, Bill Macatee or Spero Dedes/Rich Baldinger
  • Following this season, CBS discontinued the use of sideline reporters in its regular season NFL coverage until 2014.


  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Dick Enberg or Gus Johnson (Week 1)/Randy Cross
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
  5. Ian Eagle or Bill Macatee (Week 13)/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  7. Don Criqui (Weeks 5, 6, 9-11, 14, 15 and 17) or Bill Macatee (Week 2)/Steve Beuerlein (Weeks 6, 9-11 and 15) or Rich Baldinger (Weeks 2, 5, 14 and 17)
  8. Craig Bolerjack/Rich Baldinger (Week 10 only)


  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel or Craig Bolerjack/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Dick Enberg or Gus Johnson/Randy Cross
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  7. Don Criqui or Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein


  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Dick Enberg or Gus Johnson/Randy Cross (Dan Fouts sometimes joins this crew)
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Don Criqui/Dan Fouts
  • During Week 7 of this season, a power failure at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium caused problems leading to the regular broadcast team of Gumbel and Dierdorf being unable to call portions of the game (vs. San Diego). Video was still available, and so James Brown called portions of the game from the studio, with the rest of the NFL Today team providing color commentary.


  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Dick Enberg or Gus Johnson/Dan Fouts
  4. Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots
  5. Ian Eagle/Rich Gannon
  6. Gus Johnson or Dave Ryan/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Don Criqui/Randy Cross (Weeks 5-6, 11 and 16)



  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms or Dan Fouts
  2. Greg Gumbel or Spero Dedes/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts or Rich Gannon
  4. Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots
  5. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  6. Bill Macatee or Spero Dedes/Rich Gannon
  7. Don Criqui/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Spero Dedes/Randy Cross (Weeks 2-3, 17)


  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
  4. Marv Albert or Spero Dedes/Rich Gannon
  5. Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Bill Macatee or Andrew Catalon/Steve Tasker
  7. Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein (Weeks 2-3, 10, 13, 17)
  8. Don Criqui/Randy Cross (Weeks 2-3, 17)


  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Steve Tasker (postseason sideline reporter) and Solomon Wilcots (AFC Championship Game/Super Bowl XLVII (postseason sideline reporter)
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf/Solomon Wilcots (postseason sideline reporter)
  3. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
  4. Marv Albert or Spero Dedes/Rich Gannon
  5. Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Bill Macatee or Spero Dedes/Steve Tasker
  7. Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein (Weeks 2-3, 12-13, 16-17)
  8. Don Criqui/Randy Cross (Weeks 16-17)


  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms and Bill Cowher (Week 6 only)/Tracy Wolfson
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf/Tracy Wolfson /Allie LaForce
  3. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts and Shannon Sharpe (Week 6 only)
  4. Marv Albert or Spero Dedes or Andrew Catalon/Rich Gannon
  5. Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots and Boomer Esiason (Week 6 only)
  6. Bill Macatee or Spero Dedes or Don Criqui/Steve Tasker (Steve Beuerlein joined weeks 1, 2 and 13)
  7. Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Andrew Catalon/Adam Archuleta (Week 16, 17)
  • Tracy Wolfson joined the pairings of Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf in Week 1. She also joined the pairing of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in Week 2, 13 and the postseason.
  • During Weeks 1 and 2, Spero Dedes filled-in for Bill Macatee who was calling the US Open.
  • Steve Beuerlein joined the pairing of Spero Dedes and Steve Tasker in Weeks 1 and 2 while Dedes was filling-in for Macatee.
  • For Week 6 only, Bill Cowher, Shannon Sharpe and Boomer Esiason were assigned games with the respective pairs above.
  • During Week 8, Spero Dedes filled in for Marv Albert, who called the Bulls/Heat game for TNT.
  • During Week 13, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms called two games for CBS. They announced the Thanksgiving game on Thursday, as they do each year, and the competitive game between Denver and Kansas City on Sunday.
  • During Week 14, Don Criqui, who had retired from NFL play-by-play after the 2012 season, temporarily came out of retirement and filled in for Bill Macatee, who had trouble traveling due to a winter storm in Texas; he called the Cleveland-New England game with former partner Steve Tasker. Criqui's one game in 2013 marked the 47th season Criqui had called an NFL game, the longest active streak among announcers not just in the NFL, but in all sports on network television.
  • During Week 15, Andrew Catalon filled in for Marv Albert.
  • Following the AFC Division round, Dan Dierdorf retired after 29 years calling NFL games for CBS and ABC. Dierdorf will be calling Michigan football games on radio beginning this season.
  • Allie LaForce joined Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf as the sideline reporter for the Indianapolis-New England divisional round.
  • In May 2014, Marv Albert announced he would be stepping down from calling NFL games.


  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Tracy Wolfson
  2. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts/Jenny Dell
  3. Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Evan Washburn
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon/Scott Kaplan, Brad Johansen, Otis Livingston, Stacey Dales, Jamie Erdahl or Lauren Gardner
  5. Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots/Chris Fischer, Scott Kaplan or Steve Tasker
  6. Andrew Catalon/Steve Tasker/Steve Beuerlein/Scott Kaplan or Lewis Johnson
  7. Tom McCarthy or Brian Anderson/Adam Archuleta or Chris Simms/Allie LaForce (week 15)
  8. Brian Anderson or Brad Johansen/Chris Simms
  • Beginning in 2014, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms began to call Thursday Night Football games for CBS and NFL Network. Tracy Wolfson is the sideline reporter.
  • Wolfson joined the NFL team on a permanent basis after working SEC games for CBS since 2004. She was replaced by Allie LaForce in that capacity.
  • CBS would use local reporters to cover the sideline for teams 4-8.


  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Tracy Wolfson/Evan Washburn (AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl 50)
  2. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts/Evan Washburn
  3. Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Jamie Erdahl or Stacey Dales (weeks 6-7)
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon/Dana Jacobson (week 5), Jamie Erdahl (weeks 6-7), Alex Flanagan (week 8), Otis Livingston (week 14), or Chris Fischer (week 15)
  5. Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots/Scott Kaplan (week 2), Chris Fischer (weeks 5, 10), or Jay Feely (week 15)
  6. Andrew Catalon/Steve Tasker/Steve Beuerlein/Chris Fischer (week 1), Dana Jacobson (week 3), John Schriffen (week 13), or Scott Kaplan (week 15)
  7. Tom McCarthy or Brian Anderson (week 7)/Adam Archuleta or Chris Simms (week 1)
  8. Brian Anderson or Carter Blackburn (week 3)/Chris Simms
  • Starting in 2015, Jenny Dell moved from the NFL to college football for CBS. Evan Washburn moved up from the #3 team to the #2 team as a sideline reporter, while Jamie Erdahl moved up from college football to the #3 team.


  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Tracy Wolfson/Jay Feely (NFL Playoffs)
  2. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts or Rich Gannon (weeks 7, 9)/Evan Washburn
  3. Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Jamie Erdahl
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon or Dan Fouts (weeks 7, 9)/Stacey Dales (week 4), Scott Kaplan (weeks 5-6) or Chris Fischer (week 13)
  5. Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots/Dana Jacobson (week 1)
  6. Andrew Catalon/Steve Tasker/Steve Beuerlein/Chris Fischer (weeks 4, 8, 16), or Otis Livingston (week 17)
  7. Tom McCarthy/Adam Archuleta/Scott Kaplan (weeks 2, 6), Chris Fischer (week 3), Amanda Balionis (week 5) or Kevin Manuel (week 7)
  8. Carter Blackburn/Chris Simms/Jenny Dell
  • Carter Blackburn replaced Brian Anderson as the back-up NFL play-by-play announcer starting in 2016.
  • Chris Fischer was used as an additional sideline reporter. Fischer was not assigned to any particular commentator pairing and rotated among several.
  • This would be Phil Simms's last season as lead color commentator, as well as Solomon Wilcots's last season as an analyst for CBS.[31] Simms's son, Chris, would also leave after this season to join NBC Sports as studio analyst for Notre Dame football and NBC Sports Radio personality.[32]


  1. Jim Nantz/Tony Romo/Tracy Wolfson
  2. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts/Evan Washburn
  3. Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Jamie Erdahl
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
  5. Andrew Catalon/James Lofton
  6. Spero Dedes/Adam Archuleta
  7. Tom McCarthy/Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein
  8. Beth Mowins/Jay Feely (Weeks 3, 15 and 17)

Jay Feely also served as an additional analyst for the Catalon/Lofton pairing during Week 14.


  1. Jim Nantz/Tony Romo/Tracy Wolfson/Jay Feely/Evan Washburn (NFL Playoffs)
  2. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts/Evan Washburn
  3. Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Bruce Arians (except week 11)/Melanie Collins
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon/Steve Tasker
  5. Andrew Catalon/James Lofton
  6. Spero Dedes/Adam Archuleta
  7. Tom McCarthy or Beth Mowins (Week 17)/Steve Beuerlein
  • Bruce Arians and Melanie Collins join Gumbel/Green respectively as an additional game analyst and sideline reporter, with the latter replacing Jamie Erdahl, who became the lead sideline reporter for the SEC on CBS.
  • Steve Tasker moved from game analyst to sideline reporter, teaming with Harlan and Gannon. It would be Tasker's last season with CBS, as the network would dismiss Tasker after the season when his contract expired.[38]
  • Neither did the Nantz/Romo/Wolfson crew nor the Dedes/Archuleta crew call any games for CBS during Week 9.
  • The rotating sideline reporters used on most teams during the previous two years were abandoned; only the Catalon/Lofton team used rotating sideline reporters for most of the season.
  • During Week 11, Arians did not call the TexansRedskins matchup due to illness.
  • During Weeks 13 and 17, Beth Mowins was set to call the game along with analyst Jay Feely but was not scheduled due to NFL's flex scheduling.
  • This was Bruce Arians' only season with CBS; as he would leave to become the Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers


  1. Jim Nantz/Tony Romo/Tracy Wolfson
  2. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts/Evan Washburn
  3. Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Melanie Collins
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon/Amanda Balionis (week 1), Jay Feely (weeks 2, 5-8), Dana Jacobson (week 3) or John Schriffen (week 4)
  5. Andrew Catalon/James Lofton/Jay Feely (week 1), A.J. Ross (weeks 3, 5 & 8) or John Schriffen (Week 6)
  6. Spero Dedes/Adam Archuleta/A.J. Ross (week 4)
  7. Tom McCarthy/Jay Feely
  8. Beth Mowins/Tiki Barber
  • Jay Feely replaces Steve Beuerlein on the #7 team while also being a sideline reporter during weeks he and McCarthy are not calling games.
  • This season CBS returns to using rotating sideline reporters mainly for the Harlan/Gannon and Catalon/Lofton teams.

See also


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