The NFL on FOX is welcoming three new faces to its deep roster of broadcast talent entering its 19th consecutive season of coverage — former NFL head coach and Super Bowl-winning offensive coordinator Mike Martz, former NFL fullback Heath Evans and reporter Erin Andrews, who will contribute to the network’s Thanksgiving Day and NFC playoff coverage.
Martz and Evans will serve as game analysts.
Along with her role as host of FOX COLLEGE SATURDAY, CFB on FOX’s college football pregame show, Andrews is slated to join FOX’s NFL coverage beginning Thanksgiving Day and continuing throughout the network’s NFC playoff coverage. Andrews will work with the network’s top broadcast team — seven-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman and top NFL sideline reporter and pregame contributor Pam Oliver.
The announcement was made Monday by FOX Sports Media Group President & Co-COO Eric Shanks from the network’s annual NFL on FOX broadcast seminar in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
The 2012 regular season kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 9, with doubleheader coverage of seven games preceded by FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s No. 1 pregame show.
Buck, Aikman and Oliver return for their 11th season as the lead broadcast team for NFL on FOX.
Martz, one of the most innovative play-callers in NFL history, is credited as the mastermind behind the Super Bowl XXXVI-champion St. Louis Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf,” a record-setting offense feared throughout the league. He later coached the Rams from 2000 to 2005 and most recently served as offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears through the conclusion of last season.
Martz is paired with play-by-play announcer Ron Pitts and will make his debut on Sunday, Sept. 9, when the Carolina Panthers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Evans, teamed with veteran play-by-play caller Sam Rosen, also will make his first NFL on FOX appearance Week 1 when the Seattle Seahawks battle the Arizona Cardinals. Drafted in the third round by the Seahawks, Evans played fullback for Seattle from 2001 to 2004 before moving to the New England Patriots (2005-08). Most notably, he served as fullback on the 2007 Patriots Super Bowl team that went undefeated in the regular season.
Here are the NFL on FOX announcer pairings for 2012: