Fox Sports will broadcast this year’s Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, which means that veteran announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be teaming up to call the action.
When it comes to the NFL, Buck and Aikman are Fox Sports’ “A-team” of broadcasters. Buck will serve as the Super Bowl XLVIII’s play-by-play announcer, while Aikman will provide color commentary.
This isn’t the first time that Buck and Aikman have teamed up as Super Bowl announcers; the pair has held the honor on every Fox broadcast of the event since 2005, when legendary broadcasters Pat Summerall and John Madden stepped away from the role. Super Bowl coverage is divided on a rotating basis between Fox, CBS and ABC. Buck and Aikman announced the big game together for the first time in 2005, and tonight's game will be the fourth time that they are in the booth for the Super Bowl.
Here are three fun facts about Buck ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII.
1. The Super Bowl isn't his only major sports gig. Buck, 44, is among the most respected sports announcers in the industry. In addition to his role as the Super Bowl’s play-by-play announcer, he’s called every MLB World Series game since 2000.
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2. He recently got engaged. Buck reportedly got engaged to his girlfriend, NFL Network reporter Michelle Beisner, last August.
3. He's keeping things simple for this Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast. In a conference call with national media members last Thursday, Buck explained the strategy he employs when decided how to call a game as big as the Super Bowl. “If you start changing things, you start winding your way toward trouble,” Buck said, via the Denver Broncos’ official website. “I think now, this being the fourth [Super Bowl], I think I’ve gone from, “Oh, my God, I’m doing the Super Bowl,’ to let’s just have fun and do our typical game.”
“We’re not doing the game that has been written about already, we’re doing one that nobody knows what to expect,” Buck continued. “So I think the less you burden yourself with all those expectations, worry of doom, messing up and not being prepared, I think the better off you are.”
Here are three fun facts about Super Bowl XLVIII's color commentator, Troy Aikman:
1. Aikman was appearing in Super Bowls long before he became a color commentator. As the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, the 47-year-old won the NFL’s biggest game three times, and was named the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXVII.
2. Aikman was also pretty spectacular in the regular season. He was named to the Pro Bowl six times during his 12-year NFL career, and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2006.
3. He's worried about the weather forecast for Sunday's game. During last Thursday’s conference call, Aikman expressed his wish that the weather at MetLife Stadium—a much-maligned aspect of this year’s “cold weather” Super Bowl—won’t affect the game. “I just hope that, from our perspective of calling the game -- and I guess regarding the participants -- that the weather doesn’t affect game strategy as the game unfolds," Aikman said.
Sideline reporters Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews will complement Buck and Aikman’s Super Bowl broadcast. In addition, Fox NFL Sunday’s usual studio crew of Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson will be on-hand for the game’s pregame, halftime, and postgame reports.