John Madden's retirement became a little less tear-filled today when NBC announced that Cris Collinsworth will be his official replacement on Sunday Night Football, joining Al Michaels in the booth.
This is according to a statement from NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol.
"[Cris] will step into the role with Al [Michaels] immediately," Ebersol said on a conference call with reporters.Now, I don't want to celebrate this move and thereby detract from Madden's retirement; Madden was the voice of football for many years across every major television network (at one point in time) and it's sad to see him go.
But Collinsworth's move from the studio with Bob Costas to the booth with Michaels is a tremendous win for anyone that enjoys primetime football. Not only is Collinsworth -- in my opinion -- the best announcer in the game, period, but he and Michaels immediately become the best 1-2 combo in a football booth that we've seen in years. It's a nostaligically difficult day for football, but it's also important to recognize the "new beginning" factor here, because Sunday night just became a lot more enjoyable.