However, Kirk Herbstreit is best known for that and has made a killing throughout his career as an American sports analyst. As one of the faces of ESPN College Gameday and a voice of college football games, it’s no wonder the 49-year-old makes a load of money.
Kirk Herbstreit was born on August 19, 1969 in Centerville, Ohio. He was talented football player from a young age, even earning the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year as the quarterback for Centerville High School. He was also a talented baseball player, but he decided to fallow in his father’s footsteps in multiple ways.
Herbstreit’s father, Jim Herbstreit, played for the Ohio State Buckeyes and was a co-captain of the 1960 team. So it made sense for young Kirk to follow in his father’s path and become a Buckeye after a great high school career. Although he didn’t play in his first couple seasons on the football team, he did get playing time during his junior year, finishing with 485 passing yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
Entering his senior year in 1992, Herbstreit was named the starting quarterback and a captain of the team. He led Ohio State to an 8-3-1 record by completing 58.7 percent of his passes for 1,904 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions.
After graduating from OSU in 1993 with a degree in business administration, Herbstreit chose not to pursue a career in the NFL and instead went right into a career as a college football analyst, joining Chris Fowler and Lee Corso on ESPN’s College Gameday, the top college football program on Saturday mornings, which now features Corso, Rece Davis and Demond Howard. He has also been one of the main voices of college football commentating over the years. He was the voice of ESPN’s Thursday night games before moving to ABC as their main color commentator.
Another role he has played in commentating was in EA Sports’ NCAA Football video games, which he has showed his support for bringing back recently.
He has also had a career writing while at ESPN, with articles online at ESPN.com and in their magazine; ESPN the Magazine. Additionally, he started hosting a radio show for 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, an Ohio-based FM radio station, in 2010.
Herbstreit met his future wife, Allison, while she was a cheerleader at Ohio State. They married in 1998 and now have four children, all boy. Jake and Tye (twins), Zak, and Chase. Herbstreit has even had some of them on set with him on College Gameday over the years as they have grown up.
Herbstreit now lives in the Nashville, Tennessee area. He left Ohio in 2011 due to his issues with the fans of his alma mater after he was critical of the program during a broadcast.
Kirk Herbstreit Net Worth
Due to his lengthy career, Herbstreit is signed by ESPN through 2022 and has an annual salary of $2 million and a net worth of $4 million. With how much he is traveling and does for the entire game from his time on Gameday to commentating games for ESPN and ABC Sports on Saturday nights, Herbstreit is definitely living up the the amount of money he makes.