Cris Collinsworth was drafted in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals after a successful career as a wide receiver at the University of Florida. He played eight seasons in the NFL, all of them with the Bengals. After retirement, Collinsworth move on to the broadcast booth where he has had a successful second career explaining what happens on the football field for the viewers at home.
Here are some interesting facts about Cris Collinsworth:
-Cris Collinsworth was named to three Pro Bowls during his NFL career.
-Cris Collinsworth has co-authored a book titled “The 25 Greatest Sports Conspiracy Theories of All-Time: Ranking Sports’ Most Notorious Fixes, Cover-Ups, and Scandals”.
-The longest reception of Cris Collinsworth’s career was for 74 yards and came during his rookie season in 1981.
-Cris Collinsworth’s real first name is Anthony, he goes by his middle name.
-Cris Collinsworth has won a Sports Emmy Award and also been voted by USA Today as the worst primetime sportscaster.
-In 1985, Cris Collinsworth left the Bengals to sign with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL. His contract with the Bandits was later voided because he failed to pass the team physical and he returned to the Bengals.
-Cris Collinsworth was a very successful wide receiver, but his skills didn’t translate to other positions on the field too well in the NFL. During his career, Collinsworth rushed the ball 7 times for a total of negative 15 yards. He also attempted one pass during his career and ended up throwing an interception.
-Cris Collinsworth played quarterback in high school and switched to wide receiver after enrolling at the University of Florida.
-Cris Collinsworth is the color commentator on the Madden NFL ’09 and Madden NFL ’10 video games.