Kirk Herbstreit – What separates him from the Rest!

Kirk Herbstreit is a College Football analyst in America, known widely for his television show on ESPN called ‘College GameDay’ on which he covers college football. He also provides color commentary on the sport on both ESPN and ABC. He also appeared annually on EA Sports Network’s NCAA football, as a commentator until the series was put on hold after the NCAA Football 14.

Herbstreit claims to be an ardent lover of football and was a player of the game himself. He played on the Ohio State football team in the capacity of a quarterback. While he was applauded for his contribution to the game in his junior season, he was named the starting quarterback in most games in his senior season.

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Early life and Education

Kirk Herbstreit was born on 19 August 1969 to Jim and Judy Herbstreit in Centerville city, Ohio. He grew up in a family that was passionate about football with his father Jim who played the game in college. Kirk claims that he draws his passion for football from his father and was very impressed with his achievements from his college football days.

Herbstriet attended Centerville High School in Ohio in the Dayton suburb. He played both football and baseball, but his role as quarterback of the Elks at his high school earned him the title of Ohio’s Gatorade player of the year in his senior year. He went to college at Ohio State and graduated with a Business Administration degree in 1993.


Kirk had a shining football career in his high school days. In 1989, He joined Ohio State University. Under Head coach John Cooper, he committed himself to Ohio State Buckeyes and was the first player to do so. In 1992, he co-captained the team along with Steve Tovar, a line-backer. He was also voted the ‘Most Valuable Player’ on the team. After Graduating from Ohio State, Herbstriet started a career in sports broadcasting. He was nominated for a Sports Emmy award in 1997 in the TV’s top studio analyst category.

On the College Gameday Program on ESPN, he discusses the various college football games while also analyzing the players and predicting different games. He visits various colleges across the country as a part of the show.

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He is also an analyst on ABC Sports, where he partners with either Brent Musberger or Terry Gannon and is responsible for Saturday night football games. Herbstreit also regularly contributes to ESPN on two platforms; the magazine and the website. Additionally he works for 97.1 The Fan, which is an FM station affiliated to ESPN Radio.

Kirk Herbstreit – Wife

In 1998, Kirk got married to Alison Butler who was his high school sweet-heart. While he played football, Alison was a cheerleader. Together the couple have four boys; identical twins Tye and Jake, Zack and the youngest son is named Chase.

The couple went through a period of turmoil when reports of Kirk’s extramarital affair surfaced in 2007. Kirk was said to be in an adulterous relationship with the wife of Jerry Dunlaw, a police officer from Columbus. Dunlaw apparently divorced his wife Tracy citing adultery. He was also involved in another relationship with a woman named Erin Andrews. However, neither Kirk nor his wife has ever addressed the matter publicly.


Herbstreit has associated with a couple of worthy-causes and charities including ‘The Make A Wish Foundation’ and the 2012 ‘Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.’

Kirk Herbstreit – Net worth and Salary

Herbstreit has an estimated net worth of $4 million with an annual salary of $450,000.


He lives in Nashville, Tennessee since 2011. He presently resided in Ohio but had to vacate the place, after pressure and intimidation from fans of Ohio state, because they found his criticism of the university he attended, in poor state.

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