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 1956–1967, 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 NFC) to the Fox. However, CBS gained the AFC package from NBC beginning in 1998. The names of the play-by-play men are listed first while the color commentators are listed second.

1950s[edit | edit source]

1956[edit | edit source]

  • Colts – Chuck Thompson/Bailey Goss
  • Bears – Red Grange/Bill Fay
  • Cardinals – Joe Boland/
  • Lions – Van Patrick/Russ Thomas
  • Packers – Ray Scott/Jerry Dunphy
  • Rams – Bob Kelley/Gil Stratton
  • Giants – Chris Schenkel/Jim McKay
  • Eagles – By Saam/Bosh Pritchard
  • Steelers – Joe Tucker/Bob Prince
  • 49ers – Rod Belcher/
  • Redskins – Jim Gibbons/Arch McDonald

1957[edit | edit source]

  • Colts – Chuck Thompson/Bailey Goss
  • Bears – Red Grange/Bill Fay
  • Cardinals – Joe Boland/Lou Henry
  • Lions – Van Patrick/Les Bingaman
  • Packers – Ray Scott/Johnny Lujack
  • Rams – Bob Kelley/Gil Stratton
  • Giants – Chris Schenkel/Jim McKay
  • Eagles – By Saam/Bosh Pritchard
  • Steelers – Joe Tucker/Bob Prince
  • 49ers – Tom Harmon/
  • Redskins – Jim Gibbons/Arch McDonald

1958[edit | edit source]

  • Colts – Chuck Thompson/Bailey Goss
  • Bears – Red Grange/Bill Fay
  • Cardinals – Joe Boland/Paul Christman
  • Lions – Van Patrick/Leon Hart
  • Packers – Ray Scott/George Connor
  • Rams – Bob Kelley/Gil Stratton
  • Giants – Chris Schenkel/Johnny Lujack
  • Eagles – By Saam/Bosh Pritchard
  • Steelers – Joe Tucker/Bob Prince
  • 49ers – Tom Harmon/
  • Redskins – Jim Gibbons/Eddie Gallaher

1959[edit | edit source]

  • Colts – Chuck Thompson/Bailey Goss
  • Bears – Red Grange/George Connor
  • Cardinals – Joe Boland/Paul Christman
  • Lions – Van Patrick/Leon Hart
  • Packers – Ray Scott/Tony Canadeo
  • Rams – Bob Kelley/Gil Stratton
  • Giants – Chris Schenkel/Johnny Lujack
  • Eagles – By Saam/Bosh Pritchard
  • Steelers – Joe Tucker/Bob Prince
  • 49ers – Tom Harmon/Gordy Soltau
  • Redskins – Jim Gibbons/Eddie Gallaher

Other crews: Bob Wolff/Curly Morrison

1960s[edit | edit source]

For more details on this topic, see List of NFL Championship Game broadcasters.

1960[4][edit | edit source]

  • Bears – Red Grange/George Connor
  • Cowboys – Lindsey Nelson/Davey O'Brien
  • Lions – Van Patrick/Lou Jones
  • Packers – Ray Scott/Tony Canadeo
  • Rams – Bob Kelley/Gil Stratton
  • Giants – Chris Schenkel/Johnny Lujack
  • Eagles – Jack Whitaker/Bosh Pritchard
  • Cardinals – Jack Drees/Al Winner
  • 49ers – Bob Fouts/Gordy Soltau
  • Redskins – Jim Gibbons/Eddie Gallaher

Other crews: Bob Wolff/Curly Morrison

1961[5][edit | edit source]

  • Bears – Red Grange/George Connor
  • Cowboys – Lindsey Nelson/Davey O'Brien
  • Lions – Van Patrick/Jerry Marshall
  • Packers – Ray Scott/Tony Canadeo
  • Rams – Bob Kelley/Gil Stratton
  • Vikings – Herb Carneal/Clayton Tonnemaker
  • Giants – Chris Schenkel/Johnny Lujack
  • Eagles – Jack Whitaker/Al Pollard
  • Cardinals – Jack Drees/
  • 49ers – Bob Fouts/Gordy Soltau
  • Redskins – Jim Gibbons/Eddie Gallaher

From 1955 to 1961, Cleveland Browns games were on Sports Network Incorporated.

1962[edit | edit source]

  • Colts - Chuck Thompson/Billy Vessels
  • Bears – Red Grange/George Connor
  • Browns – Ken Coleman/Cliff Lewis
  • Cowboys – Lindsey Nelson/Davey O'Brien
  • Lions – Van Patrick/Bob Reynolds
  • Packers – Ray Scott/Tony Canadeo
  • Rams – Bill Brundige/Gil Stratton
  • Vikings – Herb Carneal/Clayton Tonnemaker
  • Giants – Chris Schenkel/Pat Summerall
  • Eagles – Jack Whitaker/Al Pollard
  • Steelers – Joe Tucker/Joe Bach
  • Cardinals – Jack Drees/Bill Fischer
  • 49ers – Bob Fouts/Gordy Soltau
  • Redskins – Jim Gibbons/Eddie Gallaher

1963[7][edit | edit source]

  • Colts – Chuck Thompson/Billy Vessels
  • Bears – Red Grange/George Connor
  • Browns – Ken Coleman/Warren Lahr
  • Cowboys – Frank Glieber/Davey O'Brien
  • Lions – Van Patrick/Bob Reynolds or Jim Morse
  • Packers – Ray Scott/Tony Canadeo
  • Rams – Bill Brundige/Gil Stratton
  • Vikings – Herb Carneal/Clayton Tonnemaker
  • Giants – Chris Schenkel/Pat Summerall
  • Eagles – Jack Whitaker/Al Pollard
  • Steelers – Joe Tucker/Johnny Sauer
  • Cardinals – Jack Drees/Bill Fischer
  • 49ers – Bob Fouts/Gordy Soltau
  • Redskins – Jim Gibbons/Eddie Gallaher

1964[edit | edit source]

  • Colts – Chuck Thompson/Billy Vessels
  • Bears – Jack Buck/George Connor
  • Browns – Ken Coleman/Warren Lahr
  • Cowboys – Frank Glieber/Davey O'Brien
  • Lions – Van Patrick/Jim Morse
  • Packers – Earl Gillespie/Tony Canadeo
  • Rams – Bill Brundige/Gil Stratton
  • Vikings – Herb Carneal/Clayton Tonnemaker
  • Giants – Chris Schenkel/Pat Summerall
  • Eagles – Jack Whitaker/Al Pollard
  • Steelers – Joe Tucker/Johnny Sauer
  • Cardinals – Jack Drees/Bill Fischer
  • 49ers – Bob Fouts/Gordy Soltau
  • Redskins – Jim Gibbons/Eddie Gallaher
  • In 1964, CBS experimented with a half-and-half format for their announcers. The first half would be called by the home teams' commentators while the rest of the game would be done by the visitors' commentators.

1965[edit | edit source]

  • Colts – Chuck Thompson/Wayne Hardin
  • Bears – Jack Buck/George Connor
  • Browns – Ken Coleman/Warren Lahr
  • Cowboys – Frank Glieber/Eddie LeBaron
  • Lions – Van Patrick/Sonny Grandelius
  • Packers – Ray Scott/Tony Canadeo
  • Rams – Gil Stratton/Don Paul
  • Vikings – Hal Scott/Clayton Tonnemaker
  • Giants – Chris Schenkel/Frank Gifford
  • Eagles – Bill Campbell/Tom Brookshier
  • Steelers – Joe Tucker/Johnny Sauer
  • Cardinals – Jack Drees/Bill Fischer
  • 49ers – Bob Fouts/Gordy Soltau
  • Redskins – Jim Gibbons/Pat Summerall

1966[edit | edit source]

  • Falcons – Ed Thilenius/Johnny Sauer
  • Colts – Chuck Thompson/Jim Mutscheller
  • Bears – Lindsey Nelson/George Connor
  • Browns – Frank Glieber/Warren Lahr
  • Cowboys – Jack Buck/Eddie LeBaron
  • Lions – Van Patrick/Sonny Grandelius
  • Packers – Ray Scott/Tony Canadeo
  • Rams – Gil Stratton/Don Paul
  • Vikings – Hal Scott/Jim Morse
  • Giants – Chris Schenkel/Frank Gifford
  • Eagles – Stu Nahan/Tom Brookshier
  • Steelers – Joe Tucker/Lowell Perry (Perry was the first African-American NFL commentator)
  • Cardinals – Jack Drees/Bill McPeak
  • 49ers – Bob Fouts/Gordy Soltau
  • Redskins – Jim Gibbons/Pat Summerall
  • Ray Scott, Jack Whittaker, and Frank Gifford were in the booth for Super Bowl I, while Jack Drees and Kansas City Chiefs announcer Tom Hedrick were on the call for CBS Radio

1967[edit | edit source]

  • Falcons – Ed Thilenius/Johnny Sauer
  • Colts – Chuck Thompson/Jim Mutscheller
  • Bears – Lindsey Nelson/George Connor
  • Browns – Frank Glieber/Warren Lahr
  • Cowboys – Jack Buck/Eddie LeBaron
  • Lions – Van Patrick/Sonny Grandelius
  • Packers – Ray Scott/Tony Canadeo
  • Rams – Gil Stratton/Don Paul
  • Vikings – Hal Scott/Pete Elliott
  • Saints – Don Criqui/Norm Van Brocklin
  • Giants – Chris Schenkel/Frank Gifford
  • Eagles – Stu Nahan/Tom Brookshier
  • Steelers – Joe Tucker/Bill Burns
  • Cardinals – Jack Drees/Mal Hammack
  • 49ers – Bob Fouts/Gordy Soltau
  • Redskins – Jim Gibbons/Pat Summerall

1968[edit | edit source]

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

1969[edit | edit source]

  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 were 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.

  • Scott/Christman: Minnesota-Detroit (Thursday), Cleveland-Chicago (Sunday)
  • Buck/Summerall: San Francisco-Dallas (Thursday), LA Rams-Washington (Sunday)

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 would be 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.

1970s[edit | edit source]

1970[edit | edit source]

  1. Ray Scott/Pat Summerall
  2. Frank Glibber/Frank Gifford
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Don Perkins
  4. Jack Whitaker/Tom Brookshier
  5. Jack Drees/Andy Musser
  6. Don Criqui/Johnny Sauer
  7. Dick Stockton/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.

1971[edit | edit source]

  1. Ray Scott/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 would stay for 21 years both in the booth and on The NFL Today).

1972[edit | edit source]

  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)

1973[edit | edit source]

  1. Ray Scott/Pat Summerall
  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 would be 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 would work Washington-Detroit on Thanksgiving Day, then on the following Sunday, Scott called Chicago-Minnesota with Tom Brookshier, and Summerall joined Jack Whitaker for Atlanta-NY Jets.
  • Jack Whitaker would also leave 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 would end up calling games with four different broadcasters in 1973; as in addition to regular broadcast partner Ray Scott, Summerall would also work with Jack Whitaker, Frank Glieber and Jack Buck.

1974[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
  2. Jack Buck/Wayne Walker
  3. Don Criqui/Irv Cross 
  4. Frank Glieber/Johnny Unitas
  5. Lindsey Nelson/Bart Starr
  6. Dick Stockton/Pete Retzlaff
  7. Brent Musburger/Johnny Sauer
  8. Dan Kelly/Tommy Mason
  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 would also depart 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.

1975[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully/Hank Stram
  3. Frank Glieber/Alex Hawkins
  4. Lindsey Nelson/Sonny Jurgensen
  5. Don Criqui/Alex Hawkins
  6. Al Michaels/Wayne Walker
  7. Paul Hornung/Johnny Morris
  8. Gary Bender/Johnny Unitas
  • This was Al Michaels' only season on CBS.
  • Hank Stram appeared late in the Super Bowl X coverage to allow Tom Brookshier to anchor the postgame trophy presentation. Stram would call the Rams-Cardinals first-round playoff game with Frank Glieber.
  • Sonny Jurgensen would team with Vin Scully for the Cowboys-Rams NFC Championship game.

1976[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully/Paul Hornung
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Alex Hawkins
  4. Frank Glieber/Emerson Boozer
  5. Don Criqui/Sonny Jurgensen
  6. Gary Bender/Johnny Unitas
  7. Jim Thacker/Tom Matte
  8. Bob Costas/ Tommy McDonald
  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 Francisco–Green 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 would join Bender's regular partner Johnny Unitas to call Chicago-Green Bay.

1977[edit | edit source]

  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
  • Vin Scully and Alex Hawkins were assigned to call the 1977 NFC Championship Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. Late in that game, Hawkins quipped as Roger Staubach was shown running off the field "You know, Vin, that Roger Staubach runs like a sissy." Scully responded by remarking "You know, Hawk, they tell me you didn't always wear your helmet when you played!" CBS Sports fired Hawkins the day after the game.

1978[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
  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. Criqui returned to CBS in 1998 after CBS regained NFL coverage by taking over the American Football Conference package.
  • CBS experimented 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.

1979[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  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 Minnesota–Tampa Bay game on November 25. Madden substituted for Brookshier, who was unavailable to work the telecast. Madden would also join Summerall and Brookshier for the Atlanta–Oakland game in week 7.
  • In week 15, Pat Summerall worked Dallas–Philadelphia on Saturday with Tom Brookshier, then Chicago–Green Bay the next day with Sonny Jurgensen.

1980s[edit | edit source]

1980[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  2. Vin Scully or Gil Santos/George Allen
  3. Gary Bender or Dick Stockton/Tom Brookshier
  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)
  • This was Tom Brookshier's last season as a color commentator.
  • This was Curt Gowdy's last year calling NFL games on a full-time basis. After the season, he left CBS to call college football telecasts for ABC.

1981[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  2. Vin Scully, Gary Bender, Pat Summerall or Tom Brookshier/Hank Stram
  3. Lindsey Nelson/George Allen, or Fred Biletnikoff (this is Nelson's last year calling NFL games for CBS television, as he moved over to co-lead CBS' coverage of college football in 1982; however he continued calling NFL games for CBS Radio for 1982 and 1983)
  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.
  • 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.

1982[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/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.

1983[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/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)
  8. Tom Brookshier was suspended for the final week of the 1983 season after commenting during a promo for a 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.

1984[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  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; Morris was the sports director for Chicago's CBS affiliate WBBM-TV)
  7. Jim Kelly/Drew Pearson or Jean Fugett
  8. Jim Hill/John Dockery

1985[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  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
  4. Tom Brookshier/Dick Vermeil/Irv Cross (Week 8 only)
  5. Verne Lundquist/Terry Bradshaw
  6. Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris or Dan Jiggetts
  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.

1986[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  2. Dick Stockton/Dan Dierdorf (Dierdorf's last season at CBS before moving to ABC. Dierdorf would return to CBS in 1999.)
  3. Gary Bender or Tom Brookshier/Hank Stram (Bender's last season at CBS before moving to ABC)
  4. Tim Ryan or Wayne Walker/Terry Bradshaw
  5. Tom Brookshier or Verne Lundquist/Dick Vermeil (Brookshier's last season calling games for CBS)
  6. Jack Buck or Verne Lundquist/Joe Theismann
  7. Verne Lundquist or Jim Hill/Pat Haden
  8. Ralph Hacker or Wayne Walker/Dan Jiggetts
  9. Jim Hill, Wayne Walker or Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris
  10. Wayne Walker/Tom Brookshier (Week 15)
  • Starting during this season and continuing until CBS lost NFC coverage in 1993, Verne Lundqvist occasionally fill 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 remained 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.

1987[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  2. Tim Ryan or Jack Buck/Joe Theismann (Following this season, Theismann moved to ESPN)
  3. Dick Stockton/Terry Bradshaw
  4. Tim Brant/Hank Stram
  5. Jim Lampley/Ken Stabler
  6. James Brown/Dan Jiggetts
  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

1988[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist, Steve Zabriskie or Tim Brant/Terry Bradshaw or Irv Cross or Dan Jiggetts
  3. Tim Ryan, Tim Brant/Dan Jiggetts
  4. Dick Stockton/Dan Fouts
  5. Tim Brant/Hank Stram or John Dockery
  6. James Brown or Steve Zabriskie/Gary Fencik
  7. Greg Gumbel, Jim Nantz or Steve Zabriskie/Ken Stabler
  8. Steve Zabriskie/Will McDonough (Weeks 3, 7, 13) (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.

1989[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/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 would be 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.

1990s[edit | edit source]

1990[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/, Dick Stockton, or Verne Lundquist/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 (following this season, Brant would join ABC as a college football analyst)
  • During the 1990 season, Pat Summerall was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer after vomiting on a plane during a flight after a Bears–Redskins 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.

1991[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist or Brad Nessler/Dan Fouts
  3. Dick Stockton or Brad Nessler/Merlin Olsen (Merlin Olsen retired from broadcasting after the 1991 season)
  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.

1992[edit | edit source]

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

1993[edit | edit source]

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  2. Dick Stockton/Randy Cross
  3. Verne Lundquist/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 Munoz (Weeks 16-17)
  • This was CBS' last year as the National Football Conference television provider. The following year, Pat Summerall, John Madden, James Brown, Dick Stockton, Matt Millen, and Terry Bradshaw of The NFL Today would move over to Fox. CBS would resume their NFL coverage with the AFC package in 1998.
  • Verne Lundquist and Dan Fouts were the #2 team for much of the 1993 season. However, Jim Nantz and Randy Cross called the second round playoff game for CBS (Dallas vs. Green Bay) not called by Pat Summerall and John Madden. Meanwhile, Tim Ryan and Matt Millen were the #3 team for much of the 1993 season.

1998[edit | edit source]

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian
  2. Verne Lundquist/Randy Cross/Michele Tafoya
  3. Kevin Harlan/Sam Wyche
  4. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  5. Ian Eagle/Mark May
  6. Don Criqui/Beasley Reece
  7. Craig Bolerjack or Bill Macatee/John Dockery
  8. Tim Brando/Craig James/Lou Holtz
  • This was the only season for Michele Tafoya on the NFL on CBS. She returned to the SEC on CBS for the 1999 season, before going to ESPN in 2000.

1999[edit | edit source]

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian
  2. Verne Lundquist/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein
  3. Kevin Harlan/Sam Wyche
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Mark May
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee/Beasley Reece
  8. Tim Brando/Charles Mann
  • 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.
  • 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.

2000s[edit | edit source]

2000[edit | edit source]

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian
  2. Dick Enberg/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein
  3. Kevin Harlan/Daryl Johnston/Beasley Reece
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Mark May
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee or Craig Bolerjack/Charles Mann
  8. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman
  • 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.

2001[edit | edit source]

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian
  2. Kevin Harlan/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein
  3. Don Criqui/Craig James/Beasley Reece
  4. Gus Johnson/Sam Wyche (Weeks 1-2; Wyche left after Week 2)
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee or Craig Bolerjack/Trevor Matich
  8. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman
  • During Week 12, in addition to calling San Diego-Philadelphia, Dick Enberg and Dan Dierdorf also announced that year's Army/Navy game; both games were played at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

2002[edit | edit source]

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

2003[edit | edit source]

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian
  2. Dick Enberg/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee or Craig Bolerjack/Beasley Reece
  8. Bill Macatee/Jerry Glanville (Weeks 2+14)
  9. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman (Week 2 only)
  • This was Greg Gumbel's last season as the lead play-by-play man, as Gumbel and The NFL Today host Jim Nantz traded duties with each other the following year.
  • Armen Keteyian and Bonnie Bernstein traded duties the following year.

2004[edit | edit source]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Bonnie Bernstein
  2. Dick Enberg or Dan Dierdorf/Dan Dierdorf or Todd Blackledge/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Craig Bolerjack/Rich Baldinger
  • 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.

2005[edit | edit source]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Bonnie Bernstein
  2. Dick Enberg/Dan Dierdorf/Armen Keteyian
  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
  7. Bill Macatee/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.

2006[edit | edit source]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Dick Enberg or Gus Johnson/Randy Cross
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
  5. Ian Eagle or Bill Macatee/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  7. Don Criqui/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Bill Macatee, Don Criqui or Craig Bolerjack/Rich Baldinger
  • Beginning this season, James Brown (returning to CBS from Fox) replaced Greg Gumbel as the host of The NFL Today. Gumbel returned to play-by-play duties, replacing Dick Enberg as the #2 play-by-play man. As compensation for being demoted, CBS allowed Enberg to call Thursday Night Football games on Westwood One Radio. Greg Gumbel wound up calling the Pro Bowl (alongside Dan Dierdorf) instead of Jim Nantz.

2007[edit | edit source]

  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
  • During Week 13 of the regular season, Craig Bolerjack filled in for Greg Gumbel for the Cleveland Browns vs. Arizona Cardinals matchup. Gumbel was in the studios covering for an ill James Brown. Gumbel would return for Week 14.
  • After this season, Craig Bolerjack would not call another NFL game until week 4 of the 2011 NFL season, by which time he had left CBS for Fox, when he filled in for Dick Stockton on the Atlanta Falcons–Seattle Seahawks matchup.

2008[edit | edit source]

  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.

2009[edit | edit source]

  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 or Joe Micheletti (week 16)
  7. Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Don Criqui/Randy Cross (Weeks 5-6, 11 and 16)
  • During Week 1 of the regular season, Gus Johnson filled in for Dick Enberg, who was calling the US OPEN.
  • During Week 16 of the regular season, Dave Ryan filled in for Gus Johnson.
  • During Week 16 of the regular season, Joe Micheletti called the game with Dave Ryan.
  • Following the 2009 season, Dick Enberg left CBS Sports for a television broadcasting job with the San Diego Padres.

2010s[edit | edit source]

2010[edit | edit source]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts or Rich Gannon (Also known as The Bird and The Beard)
  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)
  • During Week 1 of the regular season, Spero Dedes filled in for Bill Macatee
  • During Week 5 of the regular season, Spero Dedes filled in for an ill Greg Gumbel for the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts matchup.
  • During Week 13 of the regular season, Dan Fouts filled in for Phil Simms, who underwent back surgery earlier that week.
  • During Week 13 of the regular season, Rich Gannon filled in for Dan Fouts while Fouts was filling in for Simms.
  • Following the 2010 NFL season, Gus Johnson left CBS Sports and joined Fox Sports. Marv Albert replaced him and resumed calling NFL games on television after 14 years (Last called NFL games for NBC in 1997 before being fired due to sexual assault charges being filed against Albert.)

2011[edit | edit source]

  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)
  • During Week 4, Andrew Catalon, the weekend sports anchor at WNYT-TV Albany, filled in for Bill Macatee, who was calling Asian golf. Don Criqui was calling a football game for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Spero Dedes was calling a college football game on the CBS Sports Network and neither one of those two were available to fill in for Macatee.
  • During Week 16 of the regular season, Spero Dedes filled in for Marv Albert, who was calling the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks matchup for TNT the next day.
  • The pairing team of Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker did not call any games in Week 1, 6-7, 9.

2012[edit | edit source]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Tracy Wolfson 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)
  • The pairing team of Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker did not call any games in Weeks 1, 7, 9, 11, 15.
  • The pairing team of Don Criqui/Randy Cross did not call any games from Weeks 1 through 15. They called the Buffalo Bills–Miami Dolphins game in Week 16 and the Jacksonville Jaguars–Tennessee Titans game in Week 17.
  • During Week 8 of the regular season, Spero Dedes filled in for Marv Albert, who called the Boston Celtics/Miami Heat NBA matchup on TNT with Steve Kerr two days after the NFL.
  • Steve Tasker joined Jim Nantz and Phil Simms for every postseason game except the Wild Card Round, which he handled on Dial Global with Tom McCarthy and Tony Boselli on the Bengals-Texans matchup.
  • Solomon Wilcots joined Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf for the Ravens–Broncos divisional matchup.
  • During Week 10 of the regular season, Spero Dedes filled in for Bill Macatee.
  • Solomon Wilcots joined Steve Tasker for the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XLVII.

2013[edit | edit source]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Tracy Wolfson
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf/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)
  • 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.
  • 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 is stepping down from calling NFL games.

2014[edit | edit source]

  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 or Brad Johansen or Otis Livingston or Stacey Dales or Jamie Erdahl or Lauren Gardner
  5. Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots/Chris Fischer or Scott Kaplan or Steve Tasker
  6. Andrew Catalon/Steve Beuerlein/Steve Tasker/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 will call Thursday Night Football games on CBS and NFL Network. Tracy Wolfson will be the sideline reporter.
  • Tracy Wolfson joins the NFL team on a permanent basis after working SEC games for CBS since 2004. She was replaced by Allie LaForce in that capacity.
  • Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, and Jenny Dell have been promoted to the #2 broadcast team for 2014. On Sundays when CBS does not have the 4:25 p.m. national window (except Week 1), Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, and Jenny Dell are the #1 team, while Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, and Tracy Wolfson have the day off. EX. Wks. 4, 6-7, 10-11, and 14
  • Greg Gumbel moves into Ian Eagle's place as the #3 play-by-play, with analyst Trent Green joining CBS television after previously working with Eagle on Westwood One's NFL radiocasts. Green also called games for Fox television.
  • With the retirement of Marv Albert and Don Criqui, Kevin Harlan joins Rich Gannon as the #4 for the first time since 2008 while Spero Dedes joins the broadcast team permanently as Harlan's replacement alongside Solomon Wilcots
  • Tom McCarthy joins CBS from Westwood One, where he called NFL games on the radio, while Brian Anderson joins due to his association with CBS for March Madness.
    • It is not clear how many games either man will call; McCarthy and Anderson are both baseball announcers and Anderson has commitments with Fox Sports Wisconsin for their Milwaukee Brewers telecasts and Turner Sports for the Major League Baseball playoffs. McCarthy has commitments to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia for its broadcasts of Philadelphia Phillies games and is continuing to call games for Westwood One when he is not scheduled for television duties with CBS. When Anderson was away on assignment, Brad Johansen was available to fill-in for Anderson. McCarthy has had no conflicts with baseball duties this season.
  • CBS plans to use local reporters to cover the sideline for teams 4-8
  • A special Saturday edition of Thursday Night Football caused the announcer pairings of Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts/Jenny Dell (SD-SF) and Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon/Stacey Dales (PHI-WAS) to be absent from their Sunday afternoon assignments. This shook up the announcer lineup for Sunday, which looked like this during Week 16:
  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Tracy Wolfson (IND-DAL)
  2. Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Evan Washburn (KC-PIT)
  3. Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots (NE-NYJ)
  4. Andrew Catalon/Steve Beuerlein/Steve Tasker/Lewis Johnson (BAL-HOU)
  5. Tom McCarthy/Adam Archuleta (CLE-CAR)
  6. Brian Anderson/Chris Simms (BUF-OAK)

Harlan and Eagle returned to Sunday afternoons in Week 17.

2015[edit | edit source]

  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
  5. Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots/Scott Kaplan
  6. Andrew Catalon/Steve Beuerlein/Steve Tasker
  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
  • Jenny Dell moves from the NFL to College Football for CBS. Evan Washburn moves up from the #3 team to the #2 team as a sideline reporter while Jamie Erdahl moves up from college football to the #3 team.
  • Carter Blackburn replaces Brad Johansen as the back-up NFL play-by-play announcer.

2016[edit | edit source]

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Tracy Wolfson/Jay Feely
  2. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts/Evan Washburn
  3. Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Jamie Erdahl
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon/Stacey Dales or Scott Kaplan or Chris Fischer
  5. Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots/Dana Jacobson or Chris Fischer
  6. Andrew Catalon/Steve Beuerlein/Steve Tasker/Chris Fischer
  7. Tom McCarthy/Adam Archuleta/Scott Kaplan
  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' last season as lead color commentator.

2017[edit | edit source]

  1. Jim Nantz/Tony Romo/Tracy Wolfson/Jay Feely
  2. Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts/Evan Washburn
  3. Greg Gumbel/Trent Green/Jamie Erdahl
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon/Scott Kaplan (week 3), Amanda Balionis (weeks 6-7), Dana Jacobson (week 8), or Melanie Collins (week 9)
  5. Andrew Catalon/James Lofton/Steve Tasker (weeks 1-2), Alex Flanagan (week 3), Otis Livingston (week 4) or Chris Fischer (week 5)
  6. Spero Dedes/Adam Archuleta/Melanie Collins (weeks 1-2)
  7. Tom McCarthy/Steve Tasker/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Beth Mowins/Jay Feely
  • Tony Romo will replace Phil Simms as lead color commentator. Phil Simms will move to The NFL Today starting this season.
  • Solomon Wilcots left CBS prior to the start of the season.
  • James Lofton will join CBS this season, his first time as a color commentator on TV since 1997, NBC's last season covering the AFC. It will be announced later whether or not he will replace Solomon Wilcots on game telecasts alongside Wilcots' partner Spero Dedes.
  • James Lofton will pair up with Andrew Catalon on the No.5 team replacing Steve Tasker.
  • Adam Archuleta will pair up with Spero Dedes on the No.6 team replacing Solomon Wilcots who left CBS.
  • Beth Mowins will be come the 1st woman ever to call a football game for CBS.

2018[edit | edit source]

  1. Jim Nantz/Tony Romo/Tracy Wolfson/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 Texans—Redskins 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

2019[edit | edit source]

  1. Jim Nantz/Tony Romo/Tracy Wolfson/Jay Feely
  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 (week 2) or Dana Jacobson (week 3) or John Schriffen (week 4)
  5. Andrew Catalon/James Lofton/Jay Feely (week 1)
  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.

2020[edit | edit source]

  1. Jim Nantz/Tony Romo/Tracy Wolfson
  2. Ian Eagle/Charles Davis/Evan Washburn
  3. Kevin Harlan/Trent Green/Melanie Collins
  4. Greg Gumbel/Rich Gannon/Jay Feely
  5. Andrew Catalon/James Lofton
  6. Spero Dedes/Adam Archuleta
  7. Tom McCarthy/Jay Feely
  8. Beth Mowins/Tiki Barber
  • Additional reporters include: AJ Ross, Amanda Balionis, Sheree Burress, and Michael McGrady.
  • Charles Davis replaces Dan Fouts as Ian Eagle's partner.
  • Kevin Harlan and Greg Gumbel swap positions.


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