Power Rankings: NFL Announcers

Al Michaels
Two decades of calling NFL play-by-play, including almost two decades of “Monday Night Football.” The man also called the Miracle On Ice; it doesn’t get much better than Al.
Jon Gruden
The fact that Gruden is able to serve as an entertaining announcer without having to be bleeped out every other word leads the listener to believe that ESPN Jon Gruden is the equivalent of the Good Guys doll (inanimate Chucky), whereas Coach Jon Gruden is more akin to the murderous Chucky. As far as anyone knows, Gruden has yet to stab or bite Mike Tirico.
Jim Nantz
Anyone watching NFL games by themselves on a Sunday can take heart in knowing they have at least one true friend in Jim Nantz, as he greats all of his friends at the beginning of each broadcast, while Phil Simms simultaneously rolls his eyes.
Mike Tirico
ESPN/ABC announcer who calls college basketball, NBA, golf and tennis. Can currently be found calling NFL “Monday Night Football” with Jon Gruden.
Joe Buck
Joe Buck never played professionally but is still a great announcer. He has put his time in and it shows, as he has won several awards for his broadcasting.
Cris Collinsworth
Cris Collinsworth is a great announcer. I think his experience from getting beat up every Sunday for the Bengals gives him a better insight than other announcers.
Phil Simms
Phil and Jim make a great team for the showcase CBS games every Sunday, making me believe that quarterbacks are not complete airheads (see: Bradshaw, Terry).
Brad Nessler
Still used to him as a college announcer, though he and Mayock don't make too bad of a team for “Thursday Night Football.”
Troy Aikman
Hall of Fame Super Bowl QB of the Dallas Cowboys who does play by play with Joe Buck for Fox Sports.
Mike Mayock
I have yet to personally hear him announce, but I’ve heard he’s not the best. However, he does have NFL experience, so I’m sure he has a unique view on several NFL matters.

The Power Rankings are compiled by MyBriefs staff writers Joseph Laguere, Franklin Lee, Brandon Meyers, Ankur Varma and Christopher Wilson and are sponsored by Panda Express.

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