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Jim Nantz Proved He Is Not Just a Broadcaster by Acting in a Popular TV Series

Jim Nantz has become one of the premier play-by-play broadcasters and one of the most popular voices in sports media. He and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo are one of the best broadcasting duos around, too. His success hasn’t just helped him in his broadcasting career, though. Nantz has also made his way into the acting world. In fact, Nantz even appeared on the popular TV show How I Met Your Mother.

Jim Nantz has become a successful broadcaster on CBS

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According to his CBS bio, Nantz graduated from the University of Houston in 1981. He had several broadcasting jobs while in school, which helped him land a job with a CBS affiliate prior to joining CBS Sports.

Nantz then began working at CBS Sports in 1985 as he hosted a college football show on the network. Then in 1989 and 1990, he was CBS’s lead play-by-play guy for college football. He has since become one of the network’s main voices for its NFL coverage. Nantz has been the lead NFL play-by-play announcer for CBS since 2004, as he initially worked with Phil Simms before he began working with Tony Romo in 2017.

Nantz doesn’t just do football, though. He has also called college basketball for years. Nantz has actually done play-by-play on more broadcasts of the Final Four and National Championship game than any other broadcaster in history, according to his bio. Nantz also anchors golf coverage on CBS. He originally worked with Ken Venturi from 1994 to 2002, but Sir Nick Faldo has partnered with him since 2007.

Nantz has hosted the Masters since 1988 and the PGA Championship since 1991.

He has ultimately been honored several times throughout his career, too. This includes earning the Pro Football Hall of Fame Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award in 2011.

He appeared in ‘How I Met Your Mother’

Jim Nantz is a very successful broadcaster. He has also had success as an actor, though, as he appeared on 'How I Met Your Mother'.
Jim Nantz looks on prior to the 2016 NCAA Men’s National Championship Game on April 4, 2016. | Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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How I Met Your Mother was one of the most popular shows on television when it aired from 2005 to 2014. It starred Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, and Alyson Hannigan.

For a few episodes, it also starred Jim Nantz.

IMDb reports that Nantz first appeared in How I Met Your Mother in Season 5, Episode 14, which was called Perfect Week. He ultimately interviewed Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) in the episode but was really only a part of Barney’s imagination. Nantz was not the only star from the sports world to appear in that episode, either. Former New York Yankees star Nick Swisher also made an appearance, according to IMDb’s recap of the episode. Swisher won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009 and was an All-Star in 2010.

According to IMDb, Nantz’s voice then made an appearance in the next episode called Rabbit or Duck. That was then the last time he appeared on the show until the final season in 2014 when he was in the episode Last Forever: Part Two.

While some media personalities that have done cameos in TV shows or movies have played a particular character, Nantz played himself. Additionally, this wasn’t his first time acting, either. How I Met Your Mother was certainly a big appearance for Nantz, but he has also appeared on other shows and movies over the years.

Jim Nantz has appeared in other TV shows and movies

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According to IMDb, Nantz hasn’t just acted in How I Met Your Mother.

He also appeared in the movie Tin Cup with Kevin Costner in 1996 and just played an announcer in the film. Nantz was also an announcer in Scrapple in 1998. This is in addition to appearing in the TV show Clubhouse with Christopher Lloyd in 2005 and the series Life in Pieces in 2017.

Jim Nantz has become one of the most successful broadcasters in sports. If something happens with his broadcasting career, though, he at least has acting to fall back on.