Kirk Herbstreit | Biography

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  • Full Name Kirk Edward Herbstreit
  • Occupation Sports Analyst, Former Football Player
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Centerville, Ohio, USA
  • Birth Date Aug 19, 1969
  • Age 54 Years, 11 Months
Emmy Award-winning American Sports Analyst for ESPN's 'College GameDay'

Kirk Herbstreit | Biography

Game analyst for ABC's 'Saturday Night Football'

 Herbstreit began sports journalism as a sideline reporter and progressed to game analyst at ESPN. He deliberated on the ESPN’s Thursday Night College Football series from 1999 to 2006, after which he began hosting the network’s 'College GameDay.'

Kirk Edward Herbstreit is an ‘Emmy Award’ winning sports broadcaster of the ESPN ‘College GameDay.’

Who Is Kirk Herbstreit?

Kirk Herbstreit is a former football player turned sports analyst. He was a consecutive four-year MVP winner of the Ohio State University, where he studied business administration from 1989 to 1992. Along with that, he played as a starter and the team captain during his senior year.

Herbstreit began sports journalism as a sideline reporter in 1995 and progressed to game analyst at ESPN. Since August 1996, Herbstreit has served as an analyst for the Sports Emmy Award-winning College GameDay when he joined former host Chris Fowler and co-analyst Lee Corso. He also deliberated on ESPN’s Thursday Night College Football series from 1999 to 2006.

In addition to that, from 2006, he also began contributing his analysis to ABC’s first weekly prime-time Saturday Night Football.  

In 2018, he eventually won his first ‘Emmy Award’ for ‘Outstanding Event Analyst’ after multiple nominations.

Birthday & Family

Herbstreit was born and raised by his family in Centerville, Ohio. His birthday falls on 19 August 1969. 

His father, Jim Herbstreit, was also a former player and the captain of his team at Ohio State University during his time, from 1958 to 1960. Herbstreit and his father are one of just two father-son duos in Ohio State history to serve as captains of their respective teams.

What Is Kirk Herbstreit’s Net Worth and Salary?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Herbstreit has an estimated net worth of $5 million, followed by his annual salary of $2 million. He has accumulated the net worth majorly through his journalism career spanning over two decades.

Is Kirk Herbstreit Married?

Herbstreit got married to his wife, Allison Butler, on 13 June 1998. The couple met in college when Butler was a cheerleader while he played for Ohio State. Soon after, they began dating while in college.


They have four sons together; their eldest are twins Tye and Jake, born in 2000, followed by Zak in 2003, and the youngest Chase in 2006.

All of their children are athletes, and all of them graduated high school from Montgomery Bell High School. However, while Tye and Jake chose to play for the Clemson Tigers of Clemson University, Zak joined Ohio State in late 2020. Similarly, the youngest brother, Chase, chose St. Xavier Cincinnati as a freshman quarterback.


In 2004, Herbstreit and Butler donated their house ­in Ohio to the fire department for routine training and burn down exercise. Unfortunately, although the house was given for a charitable cause, the burn-down practice of the department destroys the property, leaving only the land for the owners.

Under the then prevailing levies of tax laws, their charitable actions were subjected to a tax reduction of the calculated amount. However, in 2005, the IRS denied the Herbstreit’s reduction claims of $330,000. As a result, they sued the IRS in March 2009.

Further information on the case has not been updated because the case has remained in due process, and neither Herbstreit nor Butler commented on the lawsuit.

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