A Follow Up to Our List Last Week of My Favorite All-Time NFL Announcers


Last week we put out a list of my favorite all-time NFL announcers that drew more hits than any in the 18-month history of this site.  Here is the link: My Top 10 All-Time Favorite NFL Broadcast and Cable TV Announcers

The reason I did the list was due to a request by a PR company that was looking to put a list together for Forbes magazine.  While they didn’t get enough responses back, they did share with us their final results, which I have posted below with some quotes from other sites.  Enjoy!



1. Marv Albert

2. Bob Costas

3. Peter Gammons

4. Jon Miller

5. Gus Johnson

6. Al Michaels

7. Dan Patrick

8. Mike Tirico

9. Dick Enberg

10. Chris Fowler

“As a fan, Peter Gammons is one of the few sportscasters I’ll actually stop what I’m doing to listen to. The best thing about Gammons is nothing appears forced. He legitimately seems to love baseball and conveys a sense of pure joy that he’s actually getting paid to do what he does.” -MaizenBrew

Mike Golic (if not around Greenberg) – when Golic’s not around partner Mike Greenberg, he’s insightful, blunt, and discusses sports with a bar-room honesty that is eminently likeable. When with Greenberg, hit that off switch. -With Malice

“Probably not a popular pick but I love Gus Johnson. Can be overboard at times, but I’d probably pay to have him narrate my daily life.” -Behind the Steele Curtain

Brent Musberger – Always makes a game feel more important. -Joe Sports Fan

Al Michaels – As classy as they come when it comes to sportscasters, a great sense of humor, keeps the viewers informed, and does an A+ job in being insightful as well. -Gridiron Gab

Marv Albert – Best NBA guy ever, he also does a great job on the radio during NFL Games. Some legendary calls over the years…”YESS!!!!!” -Gridiron Gab

Jon Miller – combines storytelling with excitement and a great knowledge and command of the game. -Big Picture

Something about Josh Elliott and Scott Van Pelt reminds me of the ‘old’ days of Sportscenter, where the announcers are having fun, but not in an over-the-top, must-use-a-catchphrase manner. -With Leather

Peter Gammons – He is the most knowledgeable analyst of the sport he covers than anyone else who covers any sport. -Phinsider

There’s no conceit or arrogance in [Jon Miller’s] tone or cadence. It’s almost as if his play by play is a friendly conversation with a new friend. Whoever paired him with Joe Morgan ought to be shot. -Camden Chat

Marv Albert is my favorite basketball announcer because he calls the game simply, clearly, and with a good sense of sarcastic humor. He’s also developed a great rapport with his color men, especially Mike Fratello. -Third Quarter Collapse

Marv Albert is the bomb. Soooo good on NBA calls, as well as football on the radio with Boomer. I’d take Marv any day of the week, any sport. His 90s NBC telecasts were something I’ll always miss. -Behind the Steele Curtain

Bill Walton. So over the top he’s a trip. Or should I say a long strange trip (it’s been). -Restrictor Plate This

Bob Costas. Never seems ruffled, and at least gives the impression he actually cares about what he’s doing and the sports he covers. -Restrictor Plate This

Chris Fowler- Host of the best sports show on TV, ‘College GameDay’, he was able to cover the BCS Title Game, rip the Pac-10 and Big 10 for refusing a playoff discussion, then go to the Australian Open. Fowler’s tennis work may actually be better than his college football work. -Alligator Army

Gus Johnson- His calls during the NCAA Basketball tournament are epic. He makes every point and every call important. It may be over the top, but it’s never forced. -Alligator Army

Bob Costas – Kind of an uninspired choice, but the guy really does a great job. Whether he’s doing Olympic stuff, the NBA, baseball, football… Costas never seems out of his depth or uninterested. He’s probably the most well rounded sportscaster I’ve ever watched. -Bleeding Green Nation

Brent Musburger – Yeah, I know a lot of people can’t stand the guy. But when you hear his voice, you know that you’re probably watching something important. I can almost envision going out to dinner with the guy. . .”You are looking live. . .at a steak! And a baked potato! This might be the greatest steak in culinary history, ladies and gentlemen!” -Daily Norseman

James Brown – This guy could host anything and make it work. JB is a true television veteran and a class act. He always brings a level of intellect to a program that none of his peers can match. -Deuce of Davenport

Keith Jacksosn – I’m not sure he does many games anymore, but he was THE voice of college football. And what a voice it was. WOAH NELLIE! -Lion in Oil

Barry Melrose: I’m a casual hockey fan, but I could see myself drinking 12 and listening to him tell stories. And he has great hair. -Busted Coverage

It’s time Gus Johnson got the attention he deserves. Sports is supposed to be about enthusiasm. Gus has it, exudes it through his voice and makes sports viewing fun. This guy is a legend in the making. -Busted Coverage

Ron Jaworski. THE only football analyst with brains and personality. Infectiously geeky, always analytical without being obtuse, and perfect at what he does. Hyperbole does not cover how good he is at what he does. -Every Day Should Be Saturday

“I will be shocked if [Stephen A. Smith] makes your list, unless ‘influence’ means ‘influenced me to change the channel.'” -Dan Shanoff

Marv Albert is an all-time great who’s fallen off his game recently, plus there’s the whole women’s underwear and biting thing that costs him respect. -With Leather

I leave No. 10 blank as a testament to the fact that most bloggers think that most sportscasters are chuckleheads. -Dan Shanoff

[Bill Walton’s] speech is condescending. His voice sounds like he’s just returned from a month long stay at an Amsterdam “coffee” shop. His opinions are generally off the cuff instances of the first thing that leaps into or out of his mind. -Camden Chat

I can’t stand Mike Tirico. I appreciate that he’s low-key, but he’s also boring as hell. -Third Quarter Collapse

You know what the only thing worse than Joe Buck calling a game is? Joe Buck and Tim McCarver calling a game, that’s what. Just awful. -Daily Norseman

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2 Responses to “A Follow Up to Our List Last Week of My Favorite All-Time NFL Announcers”

  1. Mel says:

    I can’t believe Howard Cosell didn’t even get a mention on either list. IMO, both lists are pretty much just fluff for current announcers…and demonstrate little to no research on the subject.

    Asis, your list would have been more credible without the “All-Time” qualifier.

  2. Russ Loede says:

    Anybody from COLLEGE GAMEDAY is a Winning Selection for the Best Broadcasters/Announcers!

    College Gameday is what makes College Football Saturday So SPECIAL And That Trio/Set of Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, and Lee Corso are 2nd to None!

    On that topic, Brent Musberger is the BEST and the 1 I want to LISTEN to when I want to watch some College Football – Hands Down – Obvious Great Choice!

    From NBA-NFL – Where’s the Attention, Props, Kudos, Respect, and Congrats for 1 of the best in the biz right now – Mr. Kevin Harlan!

    Doug Collins for NBA TNT is the best for Color Commentator!

    Stephen A. Smith & Bill Walton are good for the Halftime shows going over highlights and recent news – good controversy and off-the-wall remarks and reviews and great ENTHUSIASM! That’s what I like to see/hear…

    About Time – GUS Johnson should be #1! He Absolutely is the Top Choice for me when it comes to watch College HOOPS During MARCH MADNESS! Can’t Wait 4 that Time this Year!!!

    GUS Is better @ College Hoops than he is @ the NFL but he is STILL is Legitimate in Covering Both!

    Gus Johnson sets the Golden High Standard and Success Level in terms of what a broadcaster/announcer needs to do to be good!

    SC’s Elliot & Van Pelt aren’t that bad – they are actually decent…

    My List:

    College Gameday Trio

    Albert/Costas SEEM to be “No-Brainers”

    Anybody from College ESPN Crew 4 the Most part… Ron Franklin, Mike Patrick, and Co. Also Jay Bilas and Vitale… The BEST come from the College Side!

    And the Big Monday & Throwdown Thursday Crews – Esp. the Play-by-Play guy for the Big East games that usually does ’em. His name is Dan something…

    Lundquist/Danielson are the best 1-2 combo for the SEC!