Is ESPN’s Chris Fowler Gunning for His Co-Worker’s Monday Night Football Job?

Chris Fowler has been a staple of ESPN’s college football coverage for years. Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit have handled Saturday Night Football duties in the booth since 2014, but the veteran play-by-player might be looking for a promotion.

Fowler recently spoke about the possibility of taking his voice to Monday Night Football, and he seemed open to the idea despite ESPN just filling the booth with a new crew this year.

Chris Fowler is ESPN’s premier college football voice

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Chris Fowler has become an integral part of every college football fan’s Saturday night over the years. He took over play-by-play duties for ESPN’s Saturday Night Football in 2014, and he’s held the position ever since.

He and Herbstreit have only been on the call for college football’s game of the week for six years, but they’ve been apart of ESPN’s college football coverage for decades.

Fowler served as the host for College GameDay from 1990-2014 before jumping to play-by-play. He’s also hosted ESPN’s Heisman Trophy Presentation since 1994 and The Home Depot College Football Awards since 1993.

College football has been Fowler’s bread and butter at ESPN, but the NFL could be on the horizon. 

Fowler expresses interest in Monday Night Football

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After ESPN canned its Monday Night Football crew of Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, and Jason Witten, Fowler and Herbstreit became the favorites to replace them in the booth. ESPN eventually settled on Steve Levy, Louis Riddick, and Brian Griese, but Fowler and Herbstreit still got to call an NFL game earlier this season.

The college football duo called the Week 1 matchup between the Steelers and Giants, and fans wanted more. Apparently, so does Fowler. He appeared on “The Jake Asman Show” on SportsMap Radio Monday and spoke about possibly working the MNF booth in the future.

I love what I’m doing, but you never shut yourself off from opportunities down the line. I think doing Saturdays and Mondays together would be too much, but you never know how the landscape would change. We would definitely be open to it. We are both fans of the sport. The NFL is the sport at the highest level.

Chris Fowler

Is Fowler gunning for his co-worker’s job?

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Fowler has expressed interest in the MNF job more than once, but he backed off those comments this week. He spoke to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post about the situation.

If you are going to treat it this way and say, ‘Hey, if it were me, I would’ve answered the question differently,’ that’s fair. But, if you are going to be honest and say what I’m telling you, on the record, and what I’ve said many times, I think it is fair that that be framed up that way. I’ve said again and again and again that I have admiration for those guys. They’re friends. I have no interest in that job. I’m very happy doing what I’m doing. I want to keep calling the biggest college football games we have. I’ll only talk about reality. I can’t answer hypotheticals.

Chris Fowler

So, is Fowler really gunning for his co-worker’s MNF job, or is he content in his current role?