Kirk Herbstreit

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Centerville, Ohio
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Centerville, Ohio

Former Ohio State University football player Kirk Herbstreit is presently employed by ESPN as an analyst for College GameDay, a pre-game show that is aired as part of the network’s coverage of college football. He also works for ESPN and ABC as a summarizer (also known as an analyst internationally). Before NCAA Football 14 took its place, he provided commentary for EA Sports’ NCAA Football, a video game series featuring American football. Kirk played an important part during his senior season for the Ohio State football team as a regular quarterback before transitioning to the role of a sports commentator. He was named the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior. Curiously, during his undergraduate years, Kirk was a talented baseball player as well.

Kirk Herbstreit’s Career

Kirk spent his senior year playing quarterback for the Ohio State University football team after graduating from Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio. Kirk was the first player to formally commit to the Ohio State Buckeyes after John Cooper was named their head coach in 1988.

Kirk became a four-time letter winner and one of the team’s top players throughout the course of the following five years. He shared the field with Greg Frey and Kent Graham during his time there and served as team captain in 1992. In the 1992 season, he received the MVP vote.

Intriguingly, Kirk Herbstreit and his father Jim Herbstreit became just the second father and son team to lead Ohio State, as Jim Herbstreit served as co-captain of the team in 1960 alongside offensive tackle Jim Tyrer. Prior to Troy Smith breaking it in 2006, Kirk once held the record for the most passes completed by any player at Ohio State (28 throws for 271 yards in a 13-13 draw in 1992).

Kirk Herbstreit ended his playing career and transitioned to commentary. He joined the ESPN College GameDay expert panel, along with Desmond Howard, Rece Davis, and Lee Corso, to debate and analyze the college football games, highlights, and player profiles. He later joined Chris Fowler and ABC Sports’ college football primetime series as an analyst. For this work, he was nominated for a Sports Emmy Award in 1997 as the best studio analyst on television.

Later, he was an ESPN color analyst for Thursday night games. Later, he began providing analysis for ABC’s coverage of Saturday night college football games and assumed the role of host for the weekly college football radio show on Columbus’s 97.1 The Fan.

Kirk’s Individual Life

Kirk The son of Jim Herbstreit, the 1960 Ohio State team’s co-captain, Edward Herbstreit was born on August 19, 1969, in Centerville, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University, where he earned a business administration degree in 1993. Kirk and Allison Butler were married on June 13, 1998.

Kirk first met Allison Butler when she was a cheerleader at his university. Jake and Tye, identical twin sons, were born to them in 2000, followed by Zak and Chase in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Kirk resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his family.

Estimated Net Worth

American sports analyst, author, and producer Kirk Herbstreit has a $12 million dollar net worth and earns $4 million per year in compensation. Herbstreit made a name for himself as a standout high school football player before going on to play for Ohio State University.