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CBS Sports began televising National Football League games in 1956. From 1956-1967, CBS assigned their commentating crews to one team each for the entire season. Beginning in 1968, CBS instituted a semi-merit system for their commentating crews. Following the 1993 season, the NFL on CBS television program went on a four-season hiatus. CBS lost the rights to cover the National Football Conference to the Fox Broadcasting Company. However, CBS gained the American Football Conference package from NBC beginning in 1998. The names of the play-by-play men are listed first while the color commentators are listed second.

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1950s

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1956

1957

1958

1959

Other crews: Bob Wolff/Curly Morrison

1960s

1960

Other crews: Bob Wolff/Curly Morrison

1961

1962

1963

1964[1]

  • In 1964, CBS experimented with a half-and-half format for their announcers. The first half would be called by the home teams' commentators while the second half would be done by the visitors' commentators.

1965

1966

1967

1968

  1. Jack Buck/Pat Summerall
  2. Ray Scott/Paul Christman
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Tom Brookshier
  4. Jack Whitaker/Frank Gifford
  5. Jack Drees/George Connor
  6. Chuck Thompson/Lenny Moore
  7. Frank Glieber/Eddie LeBaron
  8. Don Criqui/Johnny Sauer
  • This was the first year that CBS abandoned dedicated team announcing crews and instituted a semi-merit announcing team system (one that is still used to this day).

1969

  1. Ray Scott/Paul Christman
  2. Lindsey Nelson/Tom Brookshier
  3. Frank Glieber/Eddie LeBaron
  4. Jack Buck/Pat Summerall
  5. Jack Whitaker/Frank Gifford
  6. Jack Drees/Johnny Sauer
  7. Chuck Thompson/Jerry Kramer
  8. Don Criqui/Frank Clarke

1970s

1970

  1. Ray Scott/Pat Summerall (a good number of games Scott called during this time still involved the Packers)
  2. Frank Glieber/Frank Gifford (this would be Gifford's final season for CBS before departing for ABC Monday Night Football)
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Don Perkins
  4. Jack Whitaker/Tom Brookshier
  5. Jack Drees/Andy Musser
  6. Don Criqui/Johnny Sauer
  7. Hal Scott/Eddie Lebaron

1971

  1. Ray Scott or Jack Buck/Pat Summerall
  2. Jack Whitaker/Tom Brookshier
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Don Perkins
  4. Frank Glieber/Johnny Sauer
  5. Don Criqui/Irv Cross

1972

  1. Ray Scott/Pat Summerall
  2. Jack Buck/Tom Brookshier
  3. Jack Whitaker/Jim Morse
  4. Lindsey Nelson or Jim Thacker/Johnny Sauer
  5. Frank Glieber/Alex Hawkins
  6. Jack Drees/George Connor
  7. Don Criqui or Dan Kelly/Irv Cross

1973

  1. Ray Scott/Pat Summerall (This would be Scott's final season with CBS, as well as Pat Summerall's last full season as a color commentator.)
  2. Vin Scully/Bob McDonald
  3. Jack Buck/Tom Brookshier
  4. Don Criqui/Irv Cross
  5. Frank Glieber/Johnny Sauer
  6. Dan Kelly/Timmy Brown
  7. Lindsey Nelson/Pete Retzlaff
  8. Jack Whitaker/Wayne Walker
  9. Brent Musburger/Tommy Mason or Bart Starr (Starr would join Scott and Summerall in the booth for Super Bowl VIII)

1974

  1. Pat Summerall (halfway through the season) /Tom Brookshier
  2. Jack Buck/Pat Summerall
  3. Vin Scully/Charlie Walker
  4. Don Criqui/Tom Brookshier
  5. Frank Glieber/Johnny Sauer
  6. Lindsey Nelson/Irv Cross
  7. Brent Musburger/Wayne Walker
  8. Dan Kelly/Johnny Unitas
  • Jack Buck left CBS following this season to anchor the inaugural season of GrandStand on NBC.
  • This was Brent Musburger and Irv Cross' last year in the booth before moving over to host the NFL Today pregame show for CBS.
  • Midway through the season, CBS shook up the lineup with the team of Jack Buck and Pat Summerall being shuffled from color commentator to play-by-play opposite Tom Brookshier.

1975

  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully/Hank Stram (Stram would appear late in Super Bowl X coverage to allow Brookshier to anchor the postgame trophy presentation. Stram would call the Rams-Cardinals first-round playoff game with Frank Glieber)
  3. Frank Glieber/Sonny Jurgensen (Jurgensen would team with Scully for the 1975 NFC Championship game)
  4. Lindsey Nelson/Alex Hawkins
  5. Don Criqui/Johnny Unitas (Unitas called the Dallas-Minnesota NFC divisional playoff game alongside Gary Bender)
  6. Lee Leonard/Johnny Morris
  7. Al Michaels/Wayne Walker (primarily 49er West Coast games)
  8. Gary Bender/Paul Hornung

1976

  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully/Sonny Jurgensen
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Alex Hawkins
  4. Frank Glieber/Wayne Walker or Emerson Boozer
  5. Don Criqui/Johnny Unitas
  6. Gary Bender/Paul Hornung
  7. Bob Costas/Tommy McDonald, Emerson Boozer, or Tim Van Gelder
  • Bob Costas was hired just before the season to replace Al Michaels, who had joined ABC. Costas' first assignment was San Francisco-Green Bay in Week 1, with Tommy McDonald.

1977

  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully/Alex Hawkins
  3. Lindsey Nelson/Paul Hornung
  4. Frank Glieber/Emerson Boozer
  5. Don Criqui/Wayne Walker
  6. Gary Bender or Bob Costas/Tom Matte
  7. Tim Ryan/Sonny Jurgensen or Johnny Morris
  8. Jim Thacker or Ralph Hacker/Johnny Unitas
  9. Bob Costas/Roman Gabriel

1978

  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier/Sonny Jurgensen (first half of year)
  2. Vin Scully/George Allen/Jim Brown (Brown would do LA Rams games from the coast)
  3. Frank Glieber or Dick Stockton/Roman Gabriel
  4. Lindsey Nelson/Paul Hornung (often games involving the Packers or Bears)
  5. Gary Bender/Hank Stram
  6. Don Criqui/Sonny Jurgensen or Tom Matte (this was Criqui's last season with CBS before departing for NBC)
  7. Bill Mazer/Johnny Morris
  8. Tim Ryan/Tom Matte or Nick Buoniconti
  9. Jim Thacker/Jim Brown or Nick Buoniconti

1979

  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier or John Madden
  2. Vin Scully/George Allen
  3. Curt Gowdy/Hank Stram
  4. Frank Glieber/John Madden
  5. Lindsey Nelson or Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris or John Madden
  6. Gary Bender/Tom Matte or Sonny Jurgensen
  7. Dick Stockton/Paul Hornung
  • Pat Summerall and John Madden were paired together for the first time on the telecast of the Minnesota at Tampa Bay game on November 25.

1980s

1980

  1. Pat Summerall/Tom Brookshier
  2. Vin Scully/George Allen
  3. Curt Gowdy/Hank Stram
  4. Frank Glieber/Roger Staubach
  5. Lindsey Nelson/Sonny Jurgenson
  6. Gary Bender/John Madden
  7. Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris
  8. Dick Stockton or Jim Kelly/Jim Hill or Paul Warfield week 7 Browns vs Packers

1981

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  2. Vin Scully or Curt Gowdy/Hank Stram
  3. Lindsey Nelson/George Allen
  4. Frank Glieber/Tom Brookshier
  5. Lindsey Nelson or Tom Brookshier/Fred Dryer
  6. Dick Stockton/Johnny Morris
  7. Gary Bender/Paul Hornung
  8. Tim Ryan or Tom Brookshier/Roman Gabriel or Roger Staubach
  • Going into the 1981 NFL season, CBS Sports executives decided that John Madden was going to be their star NFL color commentator. But they had trouble figuring out who was going to be his play-by-play partner. So in September (for the first four games of the season), they paired Vin Scully with Madden while Pat Summerall was busy covering the U.S. Open tournament for CBS. For the next four games of the season in October, they paired Summerall with Madden while Scully called Major League Baseball's National League Championship Series and World Series for CBS Radio. After the eighth week of the NFL season, CBS Sports executives decided that the laconic, baritone-voiced Summerall's style was more in tuned with the lively, verbose Madden than the elegant, poetic Scully. As a consolation prize, CBS Sports gave Scully the "B" team assignment and the right to call the NFC Championship Game on CBS Television with Hank Stram. Meanwhile, Pat Summerall called that game on CBS Radio with Jack Buck while John Madden prepared to do the Super Bowl with Summerall in Pontiac, Michigan. Vin Scully reportedly wasn't happy about the demotion, the perception being that his intelligence had been insulted. As a result, Scully bolted to NBC (where he started a memorable seven year run as their lead Major League Baseball announcer) as soon as his contract with CBS was up.

1982

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  2. Jack Buck/Hank Stram
  3. Dick Stockton/Roger Staubach
  4. Tom Brookshier/Wayne Walker
  5. Frank Glieber/Joe Greene
  6. Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris
  • Jack Buck returned to CBS television coverage that season.

1983

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  2. Frank Glieber/Dick Vermeil
  3. Jack Buck/Hank Stram
  4. Dick Stockton/Wayne Walker
  5. Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris
  6. Tom Brookshier/Charlie Waters
  7. Jim Kelly or Jim Hill/John Dockery or Jean Fugett

1984

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden (mostly Giants games)
  2. Frank Glieber/Dick Vermeil
  3. Tom Brookshier/Wayne Walker (mostly 49ers games)
  4. Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris (mostly Bears games)
  5. Dick Stockton/Hank Stram
  6. Verne Lundquist/Terry Bradshaw
  7. Jim Kelly/Drew Pearson
  8. Jim Hill/John Dockery

1985

  1. Pat Summerall/John Madden
  2. Jack Buck/Hank Stram (called mostly Cardinals games on CBS; Dick Vermeil teamed up with Buck and Stram for the Cowboys-Rams playoff game)
  3. Tim Ryan/Johnny Morris (called mostly Bears games on CBS)
  4. Dick Stockton/Wayne Walker (called mostly 49ers games on CBS)
  5. Tom Brookshier/Dick Vermeil
  6. Verne Lundquist/Terry Bradshaw
  7. Dan Dierdorf/Jean Fugett (This would be Dierdorf's only season as a play-by-play broadcaster)
  8. Jim Hill/John Dockery
  9. Jim Kelly/Dan Jiggetts

1986

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden (called mostly Giants games on CBS)
  2. Dick Stockton/Dan Dierdorf (Dierdorf's last season at CBS before moving to ABC. Dierdorf would return to CBS in 1999.)
  3. Gary Bender/Hank Stram (Bender's last season at CBS before moving to ABC)
  4. Tim Ryan/Terry Bradshaw
  5. Tom Brookshier/Dick Vermeil
  6. Jack Buck/Joe Theismann
  7. Verne Lundquist/Pat Haden
  8. Ralph Hacker/Dan Jiggetts
  9. Jim Hill or Wayne Walker/Johnny Morris
  • Starting during this season and continuing until CBS lost NFC coverage in 1993, Verne Lundquist would occasionally fill in for Pat Summerall while Summerall was assigned to calling the U.S. Open tournament.

1987

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Tim Ryan or Jack Buck/Joe Theismann (Following this season, Theismann would move to ESPN)
  3. Dick Stockton/Terry Bradshaw
  4. Tim Brant/Hank Stram
  5. James Brown/Dan Jiggetts
  6. Jim Lampley/Ken Stabler
  7. Verne Lundquist/Dick Vermeil (Vermeil doubled as a panelist for The NFL Today that season)
  8. Jack Buck/Will McDonough

1988

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist or Steve Zabriskie/Terry Bradshaw
  3. Tim Ryan/Dan Jiggetts
  4. Dick Stockton/Dan Fouts
  5. Greg Gumbel/Ken Stabler
  6. James Brown/Gary Fencik
  7. Tim Brant/Hank Stram or John Dockery
  8. Steve Zabriskie/Will McDonough (like Dick Vermeil a year earlier, McDonough would also serve as an occasional NFL Today panelist)
  9. Jim Nantz/Pat Haden or Ken Stabler

1989

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist or Tim Ryan/Terry Bradshaw
  3. Tim Ryan or Dick Stockton/Randy Cross
  4. Dick Stockton or Steve Zabriskie or James Brown/Dan Fouts
  5. Steve Zabriskie/Hank Stram
  6. James Brown/Ken Stabler
  7. Jim Lampley or Tim Brant/Dan Jiggetts
  8. Greg Gumbel or Jim Nantz/Pat Haden
  • This would be Terry Bradshaw's last year as a game commentator for CBS. The following season, he would be promoted to a co-hosting role alongside Greg Gumbel on The NFL Today. Gumbel and Bradshaw replaced Brent Musburger and Irv Cross respectively.

1990s

1990

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist or Jack Buck/Dan Fouts
  3. Tim Ryan or Dick Stockton/Irv Cross
  4. Dick Stockton or Sean McDonough/Merlin Olsen
  5. Jim Henderson or Sean McDonough/Hank Stram
  6. James Brown/Randy Cross
  7. Brad Nessler/Dan Jiggetts
  8. Jim Nantz/Tim Brant
  • During the 1990 season, Pat Summerall was hospitalised after vomiting on a plane during a flight after a Bears-Redskins game, and was out for a considerable amount of time. While Verne Lundquist replaced Summerall on games with John Madden, Jack Buck (who was at CBS during the time as the network's lead Major League Baseball announcer) was added as a regular NFL broadcaster to fill-in.
  • After being dropped from The NFL Today, Irv Cross returned to the broadcast booth for the 1990 season.

1991

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist or Brad Nessler/Dan Fouts
  3. James Brown or Brad Nessler/Randy Cross
  4. Brad Nessler or Dick Stockton/Merlin Olsen
  5. Jim Nantz or Sean McDonough/Hank Stram
  6. Tim Ryan or Jim Henderson/Irv Cross
  7. Dick Stockton or Mel Proctor/Dan Jiggetts
  8. Jim Henderson or Sean McDonough/Dave Jennings

1992

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Verne Lundquist or Jim Nantz or Tim Ryan/Dan Fouts
  3. Tim Ryan or Sean McDonough or Paul Olden or Mike Emrick/Matt Millen
  4. Dick Stockton or Alex Jones/Randy Cross
  5. Jim Nantz or Sean McDonough or Mike Emrick or Jim Hill/Hank Stram
  6. James Brown/George Starke or John Robinson
  7. Sean McDonough/John Robinson

1993

  1. Pat Summerall or Verne Lundquist/John Madden
  2. Jim Nantz or Dick Stockton/Randy Cross
  3. Verne Lundquist or Dick Stockton or Sean McDonough/Dan Fouts
  4. Tim Ryan or Sean McDonough/Matt Millen
  5. Dick Stockton or James Brown or Mike Emrick or Jim Hill/Hank Stram
  6. James Brown/Dennis Byrd or Dan Jiggetts
  7. Sean McDonough/Dan Jiggetts
  • This was CBS' last year as the National Football Conference television provider. The following year, Pat Summerall, John Madden, James Brown, Dick Stockton, Matt Millen, and Terry Bradshaw of The NFL Today would move over to Fox. CBS would resume their NFL coverage with the AFC package in 1998.

1998

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Verne Lundquist/Randy Cross/Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Sam Wyche
  4. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  5. Ian Eagle/Mark May
  6. Don Criqui/Beasley Reece
  7. Craig Bolerjack or Bill Macatee/John Dockery or Mike Mayock
  8. Tim Brando/Craig James and Lou Holtz

1999

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Verne Lundquist/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Sam Wyche
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Mark May
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee or Craig Bolerjack/Beasley Reece
  8. Tim Brando/Charles Mann
  • From 1999 to 2004, the duo of Don Criqui and Steve Tasker were almost always assigned to games featuring the Buffalo Bills. Both Criqui (a Buffalo native) and Tasker (a former Bill) have connections to western New York, and the Criqui-Tasker pairing is one of the last examples of an NFL team having its own network TV announcing crew.

2000s

2000

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Daryl Johnston/Beasley Reece (sideline reporter)
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Mark May
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Craig Bolerjack or Bill Macatee/Todd Blackledge or Charles Mann or Sam Wyche
  8. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman

2001

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter) (In Week 12, Enberg and Dierdorf also did that year's Army/Navy game, because they were booked for the Chargers/Eagles game that week)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Craig James/Beasley Reece (sideline reporter)
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones/Sam Wyche
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Craig Bolerjack or Bill Macatee/Trevor Matich
  8. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman

2002

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross/Beasley Reece (sideline reporter)
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots or Dan Dierdorf
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker or Solomon Wilcots
  7. Craig Bolerjack or Bill Macatee/Craig James/Jerry Glanville
  8. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman

2003

  1. Greg Gumbel/Phil Simms/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg/Dan Dierdorf/Bonnie Bernstein (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Craig Bolerjack or Bill Macatee/Beasley Reece
  8. Bill Macatee/Jerry Glanville
  9. Tim Brando/Spencer Tillman
  • This was Greg Gumbel's last season as the lead play-by-play man, as Gumbel and The NFL Today host Jim Nantz traded duties with each other the following year.
  • Lesley Visser and Bonnie Bernstein switched roles as Visser took over as the lead sideline reporter and Bernstein took over Visser's spot on The NFL Today as a feature reporter.
  • Armen Keteyian takes over Bernstein's spot as the #2 sideline reporter.

2004

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Lesley Visser (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg/Dan Dierdorf/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker
  7. Bill Macatee or Craig Bolerjack/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Craig Bolerjack or Brad Sham/Rich Baldinger

2005

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms/Lesley Visser (sideline reporter)
  2. Dick Enberg/Dan Dierdorf or Rich Gannon/Armen Keteyian (sideline reporter)
  3. Kevin Harlan/Randy Cross
  4. Gus Johnson/Brent Jones or Steve Tasker
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Don Criqui/Steve Tasker or Steve Beuerlein
  7. Craig Bolerjack or Bill Macatee or Spero Dedes/Rich Baldinger
  8. Bill Macatee or Spero Dedes or Don Criqui/Rich Gannon
  • Following this season, CBS discontinued the use of sideline reporters in its regular season NFL coverage.

2006

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Dick Enberg/Randy Cross
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
  5. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  6. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  7. Don Criqui/Steve Beuerlein
  8. Bill Macatee or Craig Bolerjack/Rich Baldinger

2007

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Dick Enberg/Randy Cross
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  7. Don Criqui or Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein

2008

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Dick Enberg or Gus Johnson/Randy Cross (Dan Fouts sometimes joins this crew)
  4. Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
  5. Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots
  6. Gus Johnson/Steve Tasker
  7. Don Criqui/Dan Fouts
  8. Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein
  • During Week 7 of this season, a power failure at Ralph Wilson Stadium caused problems leading to the regular broadcast team of Gumbel and Dierdorf being unable to call portions of the game. Video was still available, and so James Brown called portions of the game from the studio, with the rest of the NFL Today team providing color commentary.

2009

  1. Jim Nantz/Phil Simms
  2. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf
  3. Dick Enberg or Gus Johnson/Dan Fouts
  4. Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots
  5. Ian Eagle/Rich Gannon
  6. Gus Johnson or Dave Ryan/Steve Tasker
  7. Don Criqui/Randy Cross
  8. Bill Macatee/Steve Beuerlein

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