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.”

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