In anticipation of tonight’s Monday Night Football clash, a touch of history graces the broadcast booth. MetLife Stadium serves as the battleground where the New York Jets host the Buffalo Bills, all under the astute commentary of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. What makes this evening truly exceptional is that this dynamic duo is poised to eclipse the longevity record set by broadcasting legends Pat Summerall and John Madden in the realm of national football coverage.
Buck and Aikman recently added a delightful layer of amusement to the preseason when they engaged in a viral interview spectacle with the prominent owner of the Washington Commanders, Josh Harris. Their camaraderie extends well beyond the mic.
“How extensive is their broadcasting partnership?”
It all began in the inaugural week of the 2002 NFL season when Buck and Aikman, flanked by the articulate Cris Collinsworth, joined forces as Fox’s broadcast team. This was a momentous period, marked by the New England Patriots’ triumphant inaugural Super Bowl victory over the then-St. Louis Rams and the emergence of the Houston Texans. Remarkably, this partnership has endured for a staggering 22 seasons, a testament to their enduring chemistry.
The Fox broadcasting landscape underwent a seismic shift in 2005 when Collinsworth departed for NBC. This strategic move paved the way for Buck and Aikman to ascend as the premier commentary tandem, a mantle they proudly carried until the conclusion of the 2021 NFL season when they transitioned to the hallowed halls of ESPN.
In their illustrious collaboration spanning several decades, Buck and Aikman have had the privilege of narrating the unfolding drama of six Super Bowl showdowns. Their journey commenced with the Patriots’ tightly contested 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. However, their most iconic moment came when they witnessed the New England Patriots orchestrate the most incredible comeback in Super Bowl history, securing an astonishing victory against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
How did Buck and Aikman reach this stage?
Unveiling the roots of this remarkable partnership, we delve into Joe Buck’s storied career. The scion of the renowned Hall of Fame broadcaster, Jack Buck, Joe took his inaugural steps with Fox in 1994. At a mere 25 years of age, he etched his name in history as the youngest individual to assume the mantle of an NFL commentator on network television. Over the ensuing decades, he became an indelible fixture in Fox’s coverage of both NFL and MLB, regaling audiences with his insights during six Super Bowls and every World Series from 1996 to 2021. Notably, his contributions culminated in the prestigious 2020 Pete Rozelle Award, an accolade that etched his and his father Jack’s names as the first-ever father-son duo to grace the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Troy Aikman, a fellow inhabitant of the Hall of Fame, embarked on a different journey. Following his illustrious 12-year tenure with the Dallas Cowboys, Aikman retired from the NFL in 2000. However, he swiftly transitioned into the broadcasting realm, commencing his journey as part of Fox’s secondary broadcast team alongside Dick Stockton in the 2001 NFL season. Subsequently, Aikman ascended to the pinnacle, partnering with Joe Buck and Cris Collinsworth in the lead commentary role, where his football acumen and eloquence continue to shine brightly.