ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit open to calling college football and NFL

1. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler did something two months ago that is very rare these days: They drew an overwhelming amount of praise on Twitter for their call of the Steelers-Giants Week 1 Monday Night Football game.

The fact that the network’s top college football broadcast team would call a good game isn’t all that shocking. But the smoothness Herbstreit and Fowler showed in transitioning from college to the NFL was impressive.

The new experience also seemed to give Herbstreit a jolt. He recently told The Big Lead that he was now more open to the idea of calling NFL games.

Herbstreit reiterated this thought and expanded on the idea during an appearance on this week’s SI Media Podcast.

I asked Herbstreit whether he ever sees himself not doing College GameDay.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I love it right now. I hope to do it forever. I hope to be in college football forever. We were talking earlier about GameDay bouncing around to different places and sometimes it goes to the same place.

“It’s hard to describe to people unless you’re a college football fan, the energy of it, the pageantry, getting onto a college campus in the fall. It’s very, very different and very hard to explain to people unless you’ve done that. So I’d love to keep doing what I’m doing for as long as I can, especially doing studio and the game, but hopefully they never ask me to leave doing studio. But we’ll see.”

I followed up by asking Herbstreit whether he could ever see himself doing NFL and not college, or whether he would do NFL and keep college, and whether he’s even thought that far down the road.

“I haven’t,” said Herbstreit. “I’ve always looked at it like, if you asked that me a year ago, I would say college. I would definitely do college. And after that experience, I’d say I would love to entertain both. I would love the challenge. I don’t know if anyone’s ever done that, where they do a big college game and then do a game in the NFL. It would have to be a Monday game, obviously. If it were a Sunday game I wouldn’t be able to do college and pro. Ideally, in a perfect world, I would love the challenge of trying to do both. But I’m now much more open to the idea of doing the NFL.”

Herbstreit later added, “There’s a willingness and excitement in me after that experience with the Giants and Steelers that I’ve never had—the notion of doing the NFL.”

So what happens if ESPN asks Herbstreit to do NFL but not college football?

“I would think about it,” said Herbstreit. “But I would not say I’d definitely do that for sure. I just wanna see where the college game is when we get on the back end of this COVID and how the game changes, if it does at all, with the powers