2011 Honoree, Kirk Herbstreit

2011 Honoree, Kirk Herbstreit

Herbstreit graduated from Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton.  In his high school quarterbacking days, he was the Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior for Centerville.  He also was a standout baseball player.

Herbstreit was the first player to commit to the Ohio State Buckeyes after the hiring of John Cooper as head coach in 1988.  Kirk was a four-year letter winner as a quarterback at Ohio State University from 1989 to 1993.  In 1992 as a senior he was a co-captain and was voted team MVP.  As a college quarterback, Herbstreit had held the Ohio State record for pass completions in the rivalry game against Michigan.  He completed 28 passes for 271 yards in a 13-13 tie against arch-rival University of Michigan in 1992.

Herbstreit’s father, Jim Herbstreit, had been a co-captain of the 1960 Ohio State team.   The two became only the second father-and-son duo to have each been Ohio State captains.  Herbstreit graduated from Ohio State in 1993 with a degree in Business Administration.

Kirk Herbstreit is now a Broadcaster with ESPN College GameDay.  College Gameday frequently makes Saturday road trips to various colleges around the United States to preview the school’s upcoming football game.  Herbstreit serves as an analyst for ABC Sports’ college football prime time series.  He is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.

Herbstreit is also a contributor to the Columbus, Ohio-based FM radio station 97.1 The Fan; 97.1 is also an ESPN Radio affiliate and a weekly contributor to the WFNZ radio program Primetime.  When not on assignment for ESPN, Herbstreit is a co-host of the 1-3pm show called The Big Show.

Career Highlights

  • Herbstreit passed for 1,904 yards, including four 200+ yard games in 1992
  • Nominated for a 1997 Sports Emmy Award as television’s top studio analyst

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