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Report: Jason Garrett, Jac Collinsworth Replace Brees, Tirico for Notre Dame Games

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVAugust 14, 2022

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NBC has reportedly settled on a new announce team for Notre Dame football games during the 2022 season.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will be the color analyst for Fighting Irish games, while Jac Collinsworth, the son of NBC Sunday Night Football color commentator Cris Collinsworth, will do the play-by-play.

Garrett and Collinsworth will replace Drew Brees and Mike Tirico, as Brees left NBC after just one season and Tirico is taking over as the lead play-by-play man for Sunday Night Football.

The 43-year-old Brees retired last year following 20 seasons as an NFL quarterback, including 15 with the New Orleans Saints. The 13-time Pro Bowler and one-time Super Bowl champion is a surefire Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible.

When Brees signed on with NBC, it was expected that he would be the heir apparent to Cris Collinsworth as the color analyst for Sunday Night Football.

Brees served in that role for Notre Dame, filled in a couple of times on the NFL side and worked as a studio analyst, but it was a short-lived partnership after it was announced in May that he was leaving NBC.

Longtime Sunday Night Football play-by-play man Al Michaels also left NBC in order to call Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video, which opened the door for Tirico to become the full-time play-by-play man on SNF.

Jac Collinsworth, a Notre Dame alum, has been with NBC for the past two years after leaving ESPN, and while the 27-year-old has primarily done sideline work and interviews, he is set to get his big break in the broadcast booth.

Meanwhile, Garrett is a new arrival at NBC after a 12-year career as an NFL quarterback, 10 years as head coach of the Cowboys and most recently a two-year stint as the New York Giants offensive coordinator.

In addition to replacing Brees on the Notre Dame broadcasts, the 56-year-old is taking Brees' spot on the Sunday Night Football studio panel.

Collinsworth and Garrett should already have some synergy since they worked together on USFL broadcasts in recent months.

Per Marchand, seven Notre Dame home games will air on NBC and Peacock this season, with the first being a Sept. 10 clash with Marshall.

The 2022 campaign will mark Notre Dame's first full season under head coach Marcus Freeman following the departure of Brian Kelly for LSU, and the Irish are looking to win double-digit games for a sixth consecutive year, which would extend a school record.

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