We watch sports for a variety of reasons whether it’s our love of the game, a team, or a player. Watching the game and rooting on your team to win is an experience like no other, but what can enhance or decrease that experience can be found in the broadcast booth. Announcers play a pivotal role in our viewing experience that can bring us even more into the game and add to the drama or they can bumble around and take the focus off the game. Let’s take a look at the top 5 NFL announcing teams of the last 30 years and thank them for all their great calls through the years that some of us will never forget!
Honorable Mention: Gus Johnson and anyone
In this clip Gus Johnson is with Dan Fouts, but Gus Johnson steals the show from whomever he’s with.
5. Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Ron Jaworski
You had to love the banter between these three and when Jon and Ron would disagree on things it was great television!
4. Dick Enberg, Phil Simms, and Paul Maguire
One of the best play by play announcers with such an iconic voice paired with the knowledgeable Phil Simms and Paul Maguire.
3. John Madden and Pat Summerall
The man whose love for the game was infectious and the voice of football.
2. Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, and Dan Dierdorf
Frank Gifford is a legend of the game, Al Michaels is widely regarded as one of the best play by play announcers, and Dan Dierdorf provided the comic relief.
1. Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, and Paul Maguire
The best play by play voice in the game was paired with two of the most knowledgeable and fun color analysts.