Collinsworth lines up a side gig
Current Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has kept plenty busy during the NFL lockout.
Now, a former Bengals receiver has lined up a side gig of his own.
Cris Collinsworth, now the lead analyst on NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcasts, has signed up to volunteer as an assistant coach at Fort Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Ky. Collinsworth wrote on his Twitter page Tuesday morning he wasn't anticipating a resolution to the NFL's labor issues by the start of the regular season, so he'd find something else to do.
Later in the day, he wrote on his blog on FootballPros.com that he would be the volunteer wide receivers coach at Fort Highlands.
"I am going to get my football fix this fall even if the lockout cancels the NFL season," Collinsworth wrote.
Collinsworth will be coaching his son, Jac, at Fort Highlands. His son Austin is a Fort Thomas graduate who now plays at Notre Dame.
"Jac is one of the receivers on the team, and I had already polluted his brain with most of my receiving advice," Collinsworth wrote. "But what the heck, the NFL will probably miss at least half of their season anyway, I agreed. Today is my first day. I just got the playbook, and I feel like a first year rookie all over again. The plays are scrambled eggs in my brain, and I feel a little anxious. But, I love coaching. I coached many of these kids in the junior football league, and they always kept me entertained."
Collinsworth was a three-time Pro Bowler during his eight years with the Bengals. He replaced John Madden in the Sunday Night Football booth prior to the 2009 season.