It seems like NFL free agency is also affecting broadcasting booths starting next season.
Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will continue their lengthy partnership after joining ESPN for Monday Night Football.
Likewise, Al Michaels will be leaving NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football to join Amazon for their Thursday Night Football broadcast.
Reports say that Michael is set to earn an annual salary that is close to what CBS Sports’ Tony Romo is getting.
With Michaels teaming up with Kirk Herbstreit, Mike Tirico will fill the void that the legendary broadcaster left behind.
Also staying behind is football analyst and former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Cris Collinsworth who still has two years left in his contract.
However, he can’t help but pay tribute to his partner for 12 seasons by posting this tweet.
One final time with the greatest of all time! pic.twitter.com/x85I66kOV1
— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) March 21, 2022
Collinsworth’s tweet reads, “One final time with the greatest of all time.”
It featured a video wherein Michaels was talking in front of the camera before Super Bowl LVI and said the words, “when this man, come sliding in here for one final time, Cris Collinsworth, played in that game.”
Michaels was referring to Super Bowl XXIII wherein Collinsworth played for the Bengals.
However, the phrase “one final time” proved to be real when the 77-year-old broadcaster left when his contract ended after the 2021 season.
Brotherly Love For Collinsworth And Michaels
They’ve grown together over the years and they’ve become great friends.
Michaels and Collinsworth share a genuine bond as he revealed during a recent interview in The Pat McAfee Show.
Michaels spends time with Collinsworth’s family whenever there’s free time and vice versa.
Therefore, their friendship goes beyond the broadcast booth.