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Kirk Herbstreit is covering NFL games for the first time in his life. He is the color commentator for the Prime Video cover of Thursday night football alongside Al Michaels. Thursdayhe told Pat McAfee that he was trying to stick to the prep process that had worked for him for years at ESPN.

“I have to grind and study and be prepared, be the most prepared guy,” he said. “It’s kind of the brand I created in college and so when I go to the NFL. It’s kind of the same approach.

He noted that some of his colleagues in similar positions have more impressive resumes from their playing careers. Kirk Herbstreit was a starting quarterback for just one season in college. He never played in the NFL.

Most fans know him as a broadcaster and as a broadcaster, fans expect him to have a lot of responses. He said it wasn’t hard to do when you spent as much time studying the game movie as he did.

“Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and even right now Thursday afternoon, that’s all I put into my preparation. So when I do that, I find out that the game is the game. You just break down the game a bit, but without the preparation, I don’t know what I would do.

With unwavering faith in the knowledge he brings to the booth, Kirk Herbstreit said his main goal this season is to create a great television product. No matter the sport, format or show, all great television starts with the same thing.

“Building chemistry is such a big part of what you do on any show and so that’s the part I really focused on, just giving Al [Michaels] his room and be respectful of that and then talk about football and enjoy it to the fullest.

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