Who are the NBC NFL halftime commentators?

Who are the NBC NFL halftime commentators that grace our screens on a Sunday during the football season during prime-time games?

Who are the NBC NFL halftime commentators that we see every Sunday night? Let’s take a look at the crew that makes up the panel each week.

Who are the NBC NFL halftime commentators in 2021?

The commentators for NBC halftime coverage are usually a similar cast to those that present on the pregame show Football Night in America. The coverage is usually led by Mike Tirico, primarily with support from Drew Brees and Tony Dungy. However, they will also have the likes of Mike Florio, Chris Simms, and Steve Kornacki providing analysis. Maria Taylor co-hosts alongside Tirico, with Jac Collinsworth and Rodney Harrison providing on-site coverage when the main crew is in the studio.

There is some fluctuation in the way things run depending on who is announcing the game. The crew above provides the coverage at halftime when Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth are in the booth. If Michaels is absent from the booth, Tirico will switch to the play-by-play role, with Taylor becoming the studio host. If Collinsworth is not in the booth, either Dungy or Brees have stepped in to provide the color commentary in recent years. Let’s take a closer look at the NBC NFL halftime commentators.

Mike Tirico | NBC NFL Halftime Host

Tirico fills many roles for NBC. As we have stated, he is usually the host of their studio show. However, he steps into that role of play-by-play announcer when required. He also fronted NBC’s Olympic coverage for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He joined NBC in 2016, after spending the previous 15 years with ESPN and ABC.

Tirico spent 10 years as the play-by-play announcer for Monday Night Football on ESPN. His other roles with NBC include serving as NBC’s lead host for golf coverage, lead play-by-play announcer for Notre Dame football on NBC, host of Triple Crown races on NBC, hosts NBC’s coverage of the Indianapolis 500, and hosted the coverage of the Stanley Cup on NBC.

Drew Brees | NBC NFL Halftime Analyst and occasional Color Commentator

Brees requires little introduction after spending 20 years playing QB in the NFL. He finished his football career with a 172-114 record in 286 starts, throwing for 80,358 yards, with 571 touchdowns and 243 interceptions.

Brees stepped straight off the football field and into a role with NBC. Along with being a studio analyst for NBC’s pregame and halftime coverage, he also provides color commentary for Notre Dame games and the NFL when Collinsworth is absent.

Tony Dungy | Studio Analyst

Dungy spent three years in the NFL as a player, two with the Pittsburgh Steelers and one with the San Francisco 49ers. He played defensive back for the majority of the time but also threw 8 passes in 1977 for the Steelers as the emergency QB. Dungy is the most recent NFL player to intercept a pass and throw an interception in the same game. He won a Super Bowl as a player with the Steelers.

Dungy then spent 13 years as a head coach — six years with the Buccaneers and seven with the Colts. He finished with a 139-69 record, leading his team to the playoffs in 11 of those 13 seasons. In 2006, he coached the Colts to his only Super Bowl victory as a coach before retiring after the 2008 season. He was hired in 2009 by NBC to provide studio analysis and has filled in as the color commentator when required.

Mike Florio | NFL Insider

Having graduated from law school in 1991, Florio began his career as a sportswriter in 2000. He spent six months with ESPN before launching the site Profootballtalk.com. In 2009, Pro Football Talk became an affiliate for NBC. After partnering with NBC, Florio began contributing to NBC Sports’ television coverage.

Chris Simms | Studio Analyst

After playing college football at Texas, Simms was drafted in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Simms would remain in the league until 2010 but would only start 23 games in that time. He finished his NFL career with 3,117 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions.

Simms joined the New England Patriots’ coaching staff in 2012 as an offensive assistant. He spent one year as a coach before joining FOX for their college football coverage. Simms has also worked for Bleacher Report as an NFL Analyst and provided color commentary for NFL on CBS. He joined NBC after the 2016 season and became a full-time employee at NBC in 2019. He is the son of CBS Studio Analyst and former NFL QB Phil Simms.

Maria Taylor | Co-Host

Taylor joined the NBC crew in 2021. She began her broadcasting career at the University of Georgia before joining ESPN in 2013. Taylor then joined the SEC Network in 2014 before joining College GameDay as a reporter and host in 2017. She has filled a number of roles for ESPN, covering several sports. She left ESPN after the 2021 NBA Finals. Her on-air debut with NBC came as a reporter for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Steve Kornacki | Analytics

Kornacki is a political journalist, writer, and television host by trade. He has been with NBC since 2012 and began working with NBC Sports breaking down playoff scenarios in December 2020. He has also appeared on coverage of the Kentucky Derby and the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Jac Collinsworth | On-Site Host

Jac Collinsworth is the son of NBC Color Analyst Cris Collinsworth. He played football at Notre Dame before joining ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown. Later, he joined NBC, where he works on Football Night in America, hosts NBC’s Notre Dame coverage, NASCAR, and coverage for events such as the Indy 500 and Kentucky Derby.

Rodney Harrison | On-Site Analyst

After being selected in the fifth round of the 1994 NFL Draft, Harrison played 15 years in the NFL as a defensive back. He finished his career with 34 interceptions and two Super Bowl rings. He became an analyst for NBC Sports following his retirement from football.

Ben Rolfe is a Senior Managing Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN