As NFL fans tune in to the Super Bowl, they’ll see Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. The latter has experience with the NFC championship, taking the Cowboys there in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995 — even considering a return after retirement.
Aikman has called games with Buck going all the way back to 2002. Although they represent a significant partnership, we still wonder which Super Bowl announcer is worth more.
Troy Aikman’s NFL career
Aikman played college football for, finishing a two-year stint with the second-most passing yards in UCLA history at the time. The Cowboys drafted the QB in 1989 with the first overall pick.
He got off to a slow start as Dallas finished 1-15 in 1989 and 7-9 in 1990. After these two years, however, things finally started clicking in Dallas. The team made three trips to the Super Bowl and won them all.
Alongside Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, Aikman defined the first half of the NFL in the ’90s. A concussion cut his career short in 2000, but most fans could tell he’d passed his prime anyway. After retirement, Aikman quickly moved on to broadcasting.
The Joe Buck broadcasting legacy
Joe Buck, meanwhile, has been in broadcasting his whole life. At 22 years old, he began calling games for the St. Louis Cardinals, finding his way to Fox at 25. Since 1996, Buck has worked on both NFL and MLB broadcast teams, calling World Series games and Super Bowls and following in the footsteps of his legendary father Jack Buck.
Joe isn’t afraid to dive into sports commentary. His passionate calls have garnered both praise and scorn. Some fans believe he’s one of the all-time greats. Others? Not so much.
Aikman brings a brilliant football mind to the booth and Joe is a natural broadcaster. Although fans disagree with Joe on many things, they keep tuning in. Most people agree he’s no Cris Collinsworth. Joe is the perfect example of a play-by-play master. He keeps the attention on the field.
Buck and Aikman’s net worth
Each NFL game likely puts about $300,000 in Joe’s pocket to total $6 million a year, boosting his already-considerable net worth. Although his info isn’t public, his net worth appears to sit at around $15 million.
While this is more than the vast majority of people will ever see, it pales in comparison to Aikman net worth of about $50 million. The former QB will finish the 2019 season as the highest-paid sports broadcaster on the planet (although Tony Romo may have something to say about that next year).
Aikman lends decades of football experience to the color commentary. Despite rumors that he’d prefer to move to a front-office job soon, Aikman will finish the season by calling the Super Bowl. The two men form one of the tightest partnerships in broadcasting — similar to Jim Nantz and Tony Romo.
Aikman and Joe use their chemistry to focus on the game while delivering insightful and entertaining commentary. Although there’s a significant discrepancy in their net worths, both are well-compensated for their irreplaceable content.
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