Collinsworth insists he never saw all this coming early on, and yet his career also seems to have come full circle. When he started calling NFL games, his producer was Michaels' brother.
David Michaels was aghast when he saw Collinsworth's method of tracking players: He wrote all their names on the back of a folder. Michaels called up Terry Bradshaw, who sent over an elaborate board with places for names and numbers. That got Collinsworth through his first five years or so of broadcasting.
"I used to watch those guys on 'Monday Night Football' and go, 'Oh, my gosh. Can you imagine doing these games with the whole world watching?'" he says. "I was glad I was doing the game back in Cleveland."
Now the whole country is watching.
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