Kirk Herbstreit Biography

Kirk Herbstreit is a football analyst for ESPN's College GameDay. Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: August 19, 1969

Nationality: American

Famous: American Men Ohio State University

Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Leo

Born in: Centerville, Ohio

Famous as: Football Commentator

Height: 6'4" (193 cm), 6'4" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Alison Butler (m. 1998)

U.S. State: Ohio

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education: Centerville High School, Ohio State University

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Kirk Herbstreit is a former footballer from the Ohio State University who is currently working as an analyst for ESPN's College GameDay, a pre-game show broadcast by ESPN as part of the network's coverage of college football. He also works as a summarizer (also known as analyst worldwide) for the ESPN and ABC. Previously, he appeared as a commentator on EA Sports' NCAA Football, an American football video game series, until it was replaced by the new series NCAA Football 14. Before becoming a sports commentator, Kirk was a regular quarterback on the Ohio State football team and played a vital role during his senior seasons, winning one Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior. Interestingly, Kirk was also a good baseball player during his college years.

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  • After graduating from Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio, Kirk played as a quarterback for the Ohio State University football team during his senior years. After John Cooper was confirmed as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes in 1988, Kirk became the very first player to commit himself to the team. In the next five years, Kirk established himself as one of the major names on the team and became a four-time letter winner. During his tenure, he played alongside Greg Frey and Kent Graham, and also led the team in 1992. He was voted the MVP in the 1992 season.
  • Interestingly, Kirk and his father Jim Herbstreit became only the second father and son duo to represent the Ohio State as captains as his father had represented the 1960 Ohio State team as co-captain along with offensive tackle Jim Tyrer. At one point, Kirk also held the record of most passes completed by any player for the Ohio State (28 passes for 271 yards in a 13–13 tie in 1992), before it was broken by Troy Smith in 2006.
  • After ending his playing career, Kirk Herbstreit became a commentator. He, along with Desmond Howard, Rece Davis, and Lee Corso, joined the expert panel in ESPN College GameDay set, discussing and analyzing the college football games, highlights and player profiles. He then joined ABC Sports' college football primetime series as an analyst alongside Chris Fowler, for which he was nominated for a 1997 Sports Emmy Award as television's top studio analyst.
  • He later worked as a color commentator for ESPN on Thursday night games. Eventually, he started commenting on Saturday night college football games on ABC and became a host for the weekly college football radio program on the radio station 97.1 The Fan in Columbus.
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Personal Life
  • Kirk Edward Herbstreit was born on August 19, 1969, in Centerville, Ohio, as the son of the former co-captain of the 1960 Ohio State team, Jim Herbstreit. He went to Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in business administration in 1993. Kirk met Allison Butler when she was a cheerleader in his university and the duo got married on June 13, 1998. They had identical twin sons Jake and Tye in 2000 and later two more sons, Zak and Chase, in 2003 and 2006 respectively. Kirk lives with his family in Franklin, Tennessee.

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