ESPN College Gameday host Kirk Herbstreit gets paid a lot of money to talk about college football, whether on set or in the broadcast booth. He has a pretty strong opinion, too. There are very few instances where you see him left pretty speechless, but Thursday night was one of them.
Herbstreit joined Rece Davis, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard to preview the Clemson Tigers against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets before making their way to Texas for the first big show of the college football season. That Auburn Tigers and Oregon Ducks show is going to be electric, something that will get major ratings, but nothing can compare to the moment he had in front of the camera in South Carolina.
Watching Clemson honor their College Football Playoff National Championship is great. So is watching the No. 1 team in the country take care of business. But before the game, when the cameras went to Kirk Herbstreit’s twin sons before their first collegiate game will be something he will never, ever forget.
Watching Tye and Jake Herbstreit warm up is such a proud dad moment caught live on national television.
The Herbstreit twins attended high school at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee before joining Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney’s program.
Jake Herbstreit, No. 37, is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback. Tye Herbstreit, No. 86, is a 5-foot-10, 165-pound wide receiver. The freshman duo of preferred walk-ons didn’t record any stats in the 52-14 blowout, but that didn’t stop Herbstreit, the father, from being very, very proud when the camera showed his twin sons.
“Oh yeah. There you go. How about that? That’s pretty cool. That’s pretty cool. That’s the first time they had the opportunity to be out here. Yeah, it’s pretty sweet. I can’t imagine what’s going through their minds tonight just being a part of this program.”
— Kirk Herbstreit
No matter what happens during their careers with Clemson football team, the smile of Kirk Herbstreit, who played quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, says it all. That was definitely a cool, under-the-radar moment to kickoff the college football season.