The legendary NFL broadcaster Al Michaels has been criticized by many fans this season for losing his energy and excitement while calling games. Michaels has been one of the most beloved play-by-play announcers in the league for many years and has covered Sunday Night Football and now Thursday Night Football. This criticism that he has received has caused many fans to wonder if the commentator will retire shortly.
Al Michaels has to retire already. The most boring announcer right now. No emotion. And he gets to call every TNF game. #NFL do something
— Jacobo Zakay (@JacoboZakay23) November 3, 2023
— Dan Klein (@GoldenFlashDK) November 3, 2023
Response To Criticism
Many fans still love hearing his voice while watching the big game, however, there have also been many fans who have noticed that Michaels’s energy levels are at an all-time low. In an interview with sports media insider Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, the legendary broadcaster was asked if he was indeed considering retirement from commentating due to the criticism.
Michaels assured Marchand and everyone that he is not leaving anytime soon saying, “As far as I’m concerned, I’m doing next year. There’s no question about that in my mind.” He also addressed the criticism that he has received from many NFL fans:
“I don’t think I’m a lot different than I have been through the years, and if people you know want to say that, ‘Al doesn’t sound as excited.’ Hold on a second, folks. I’m doing the same game I’ve always done.”
Al Michael’s Legendary NFL Broadcaster
Michaels signed a three-year contract to commentate for Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime before the start of the 2023 NFL season. It is estimated that he is making around $500,000 to $1 million every game.
He will once again be on the broadcast this Thursday for the matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears. He will be in the booth with Kirk Herbstreit this week, and fans and critics will most likely be paying attention to the energy of Michaels throughout the game to see if this is true.
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