Here’s another press release for you, this one on Bob Papa joining the NFL Network replacing Bryant Gumbel in calling Thursday and Saturday Night Football.
BOB PAPA JOINS NFL NETWORK AS
NEW PLAY-BY-PLAY VOICE OF
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
with Analyst Cris Collinsworth
Bob Papa will be the new play-by-play announcer for NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football, NFL Network President and CEO Steve Bornstein announced today.
The new team of Papa and analyst Cris Collinsworth will debut on Thursday, November 6 at 8:00 PM ET when the Cleveland Browns host the Denver Broncos as NFL Network begins its third season of televising an eight-game package of regular-season games.
“Bob is one of the most talented and experienced announcers in the business. We are proud he is joining us as the voice for our Thursday Night Football games,” said Bornstein. “Bob and Cris will be an informative and entertaining team to watch on NFL Network’s prime-time games this fall.”
Papa has been calling New York Giants games, including Super Bowls XXXV and XLII, for WFAN and the Giants’ radio network since 1995. He also was the lead play-by-play voice for NFL Europa games on NFL Network, including the 2007 World Bowl.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to join NFL Network and call the Thursday Night games with the talented Cris Collinsworth,” said Papa.
“Being the new play-by-play voice on prime-time national NFL games after announcing one of the most exciting games in NFL history, Super Bowl XLII, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
In addition to calling Thursday Night Football, Papa will also contribute pre and post game reports for NFL Network from New York Giants games, which he will continue to call on radio. He will also write columns for NFL.com and contribute to the internet site with chats and reports.
Papa hosts a weekday morning show, “
Papa is a fixture in the
In 1992, Papa was named the New York State Associated Press Sportscaster of the Year. He is a graduate of
Mark Loomis is the game producer on Thursday Night Football and Craig Janoff is the game director. Eric Weinberger serves as the executive producer of NFL Network.
Bob is a good announcer and has come a long way from being the host of the NHL on the old SportsChannel America. One of the best local NFL announcers, he’ll get to showcase his work nationally and he’ll be much better than Gumbel who showed his inexperience in play-by-play the last two seasons.