ESPN broadcaster Chris Fowler discusses his future in college football
ESPN broadcaster Chris Fowler has been a familiar face for college football fans over the last 25 years. Fowler began as host of College GameDay in 1990 and has served as the play-by-play announcer for Saturday Night Football on ABC since 2014.
Fowler has additionally served in other capacities at the network, such as when he called a Monday Night Football game earlier this NFL season.
In an interview with 247Sports, Fowler was asked if he’d ever consider making the jump from covering college football to the NFL. While he has great admiration for the NFL, Fowler expressed his heart belongs to college football.
“Well, I don’t look at the future in an abstract way. I’ve always wanted to do college football. I fell in love with college football the very first game I saw in person in 1974. It was a lighting-bolt moment for me. To be able to do it this long in different capacities really is a dream. To get to call the college Super Bowl every year plus a semifinal and the Rose Bowl, great games every week,” Fowler said. “I’m really happy doing what I’m doing. I like football. I’m a huge NFL fan, I watch every Sunday. But right now this is what I’m doing, and I’m loving it. I’m not looking for a change. I’ve chosen college football for a reason for a long time, and I’m very grateful to do what I’m doing.”
Another factor in Fowler’s comfort level with college football is the chemistry with his long-time partner Kirk Herbstreit. When asked how long he thinks the duo can remain together, Fowler said he doesn’t take for granted the sustained longevity.
“(Laughs) Forever is a long time. Twenty-five years is a long time. Man, 25 years. Twenty-five seasons together. Think about that. I don’t know if anybody else has a streak like that going between Thursdays, GameDay and now the booth,” Fowler said. “It’s fun. The chemistry comes in handy when you’re in different cities like we were last Saturday.”
College football fans certainly hope Fowler and Herbstreit remain together in the booth for many years to come.