NEW YORK (AP) — Cris Collinsworth remembers the early days of his second career as an NFL announcer like this: calling a Browns-Colts game before Peyton Manning with only the road team's fans in Cleveland getting the broadcast.
For that low-key start two decades ago, he is thankful.
He says: "I got a few years to be really awful before anyone saw it."
Those in the business who saw him then would disagree, saying his ascension to the highest-rated TV show in prime time is not a surprise. And this is a guy who wasn't a quarterback or a coach, wasn't a Hall of Famer or even a Super Bowl champion.
The 53-year-old ex-wide receiver is in his fourth season as the color commentator on NBC's "Sunday Night Football."