CBS NFL announcer Jay Feely is among those with far more on his plate this postseason.
A rising star in sports media, Feely joined Jim Nantz and Tony Romo on the network’s No. 1 NFL broadcast team. Feely and Tracy Wolfson served as sideline reporters for the Bears-Saints wild-card game on January 10.
Just who is Feely, and did he play in the NFL before starting at CBS?
Jay Feely is an NFL announcer for CBS Sports
Jay Feely’s climb up the CBS Sports ladder has happened relatively quickly.
Feely, who turns 45 in May, joined CBS Sports Network in 2015. The network named him a color commentator in 2017 and teamed him with Beth Mowins, the first full-time female NFL play-by-play announcer.
Those who watched postseason football sometimes saw Feely as a kicking analyst.
Feely spent this past season as the color commentator alongside Tom McCarthy. Depending on the week, Feely also served as a sideline reporter.
Feely had a long and successful NFL kicking career
New York Giants fans can calm down and stop shaking in anger upon reading Jay Feely’s name.
Before he went into television, Feely played for six teams in 14 seasons as an NFL kicker. That included a two-year stretch with the Giants from 2005-06, where Feely drilled 84.1% of his field-goal tries.
Three of Feely’s 11 misses in those two seasons came in one game, a 24-21 loss to Matt Hasselbeck and the Seattle Seahawks in 2005.
Across those 14 seasons, Feely hit 82.6% of his field-goal tries and 99.3% of his extra-point attempts. In nine career playoff games, Feely went 11-of-16 on field goals and a perfect 19-of-19 on extra-point tries.
Those extra points, of course, came before the NFL moved such plays from the 2-yard line (which amounted to a 20-yard attempt because of where the kicker received the ball) to the 15-yard line (and now, a 32-yard attempt).
Jay Feely made over $17 million in the league
RELATED: Has a Kicker Ever Won NFL MVP?
A college teammate of Tom Brady at Michigan who went undrafted in 1999, Feely had an extremely long career for someone who started his professional career in the Arena Football League.
According to Spotrac, Feely made $17.5 million in the NFL. Feely earned over $7 million of that money in his four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals from 2010-13.
One would think that drilling 85.2% of his kicks and never missing an extra-point certainly helped Feely endear himself to Cardinals fans.
Feely appears to have a bright future at CBS. The network has used him in various roles over the years and keeps bringing him back to the No. 1 playoff broadcasting team for a reason.
Feely’s experience with kicking is especially insightful during the postseason. Jim Nantz and Tony Romo can feed him questions about an upcoming kick and the variables — weather, wind, etc. — which could determine if the kicker will be successful on his attempt.
All contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.