ESPN College Football Announcers Get Rave Reviews on 'Monday Night Football'


An NFL cameo by two of ESPN's most recognizable college football announcers has fans clamoring for more.

ESPN play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler and analyst Kirk Herbstreit were in the booth for the Monday Night Football season-opener between the Steelers and Giants in New York -- and audiences were here for it.

The longtime college broadcasters, who serve as ESPN's top team for prime-time games on Saturday nights, were bumped up to the pros after an offseason in which the network moved on from the underwhelming MNF tandem of Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland.

ESPN had tried to land a big fish, reportedly making runs at recently retired league legends Tony Romo and Peyton Manning for analyst roles, and even expressing interest in legendary play-by-play man Al Michaels of NBC.

But the network struck out, instead assembling a potentially interesting but unproven first-string booth of Steve Levy, Brian Griese, and Louis Riddick. The trio called the Titans-Broncos game in Denver, the second game of the MNF doubleheader.

The new opening-night lineup marked the third in as many years for ESPN, a period of relative instability.

With the headliners in Denver, ESPN needed announcers for the Steelers-Giants game in New York -- and seemingly struck gold with Fowler and "Herbie."

The duo was set to call Saturday's Miami-Louisville game in Kentucky, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

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