Collinsworth preps for lockout by taking high school coaching job

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As we wait to see whether the NFL will actually have a season in 2011, one prominent member of the media has decided not to sit around.

Cris Collinsworth, a 12-time Emmy winner, former Bengals wideout, and analyst on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, has decided to work as a high school assistant coach while he waits for the lockout to end.

Collinsworth explains at his site that he’ll be coaching receivers for Highlands High School, at the invitation of head coach Dale Mueller.

“I laughed,” Collinsworth writes.  “He said he was serious.  The pay wasn’t much (zero), but he promised I would have fun.  My son Jac is one of the receivers on the team, and I had already polluted his brain with most of my receiving advice.

“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.”

The fact that folks like Collinsworth already are making alternative plans for football season should tell the rest of us everything we need to know.  It’s not looking good for the NFL to start on time in 2011, and the only real question at this point is whether there will be a truncated season or no season at all.

26 responses to “Collinsworth preps for lockout by taking high school coaching job

  1. The players taking fake jobs… it’s really kind of a slap in the face to the fans who actually have to work at real jobs.

  2. I keep saying this feels like 87 all over again. Maybe this time we’ll miss the entire season.

  3. It doesn’t even look like the season will start on time, so let’s continuously post about Hard Knocks being turned down!

  4. “It’s not looking good for the NFL to start on time in 2011, and the only real question at this point is whether there will be a truncated season or no season at all.”

    My sentiments as well. Low expectations.

  5. Definitely going down the path of 82/87 with the shortened season.

    I’m not saying the players are stupid but who would let a matter with such a short window for success be decided by the courts?

    This could go back and forth for months….

  6. I have always planned my Sundays around football. But for the first time in almost 20 years, I booked my vacation without looking at the schedule (I’ll end up missing two games).

    superbengalfan, I agree with you–I have low expectations.

  7. Wouldn’t exactly call this an alternative plan. It is a way for the HC to get some national pub for his HS football team. Once the season starts cranking up, CC is outta there. Who doesn’t know that?

  8. Simply amazing that only NOW you are coming to grips with the real possibility of no NFL this year.

    I have been posting comments since March 3 that unless the players make a serious offer or even bargain in good faith, the 2011 season won’t happen.

    With no union rep and no union, the players have screwed themselves and perhaps the entire season.

    Thank you DE Smith.

  9. No doubt my expectations are low, I’m actually following the local minor league and college ball will be my savior lol

  10. If only the players would agree to sit down and try to negotiate a compromise.

    What a shame.

  11. At least most of the players have college degrees. They’ll be fine. (cough)

  12. Anything to keep Collinsworth away from the microphone. I hate watching games where he does play-by-play. I want a mute-Collinsworth button on my remote.

  13. steelers101 says:May 31, 2011 12:49 PM

    At least most of the players have college degrees. They’ll be fine. (cough)

    T. Rowe Price and Edward Jones Investments have announced that they have formed a partnership in hiring Dez Bryant to manage their investment and banking operations. They indicate that this was the only manner in which they could afford to pay him for his knowlege and expertise. They have also hired Taliq Aquib as their joint head of security.

  14. Steelers101, that’s hysterical!

    Who knows? Maybe people will start going back to church without an NFL season.

  15. “the only real question at this point is whether there will be a truncated season or no season at all.”

    Hardly. A truncated offseason and full season still sounds like the most likely outcome.

  16. I’m amazed Collingsworth doesn’t have enough socked away to take some serious time off. That’s sure what I’d do if I’d been working all the serious big media jobs he works. Tell me he hasn’t been dragging down high six or low seven figure incomes for the past several years.

  17. “I’m not gonna deny it, I walk around with hundred dollar bills hanging out of my pocket…I like girls that aren’t too bright because you can trick ’em a little bit…high school girls love me. Fourteen to eighteen, I’m a big star with them. As soon as they mature, after they turn 18 years old, they start to figure it out”

    This was said by Collinsworth a few years ago. Do we really want this guy in a HS student environment?

  18. He was invited by the coach to help out, to coach his son, what father wouldn’t want that? Bill

  19. lets just hope there is another team in their league called the raiders, and they beat the crap out of Collinsworth team, so he continue to keep on hating us for all those years we kicked his you know what on the field.

  20. Umm, okay. Sure, why not? He has some cash put away, doesn’t need to work, go have fun coaching up your kids’ team. Who wouldn’t do that if the opportunity presented itself? I hope the kids learn something from him.

  21. “justanotherdummy says:
    I hope the kids learn something from him.”

    Yeah. Don’t go over the middle.

  22. there isnt going to be an nfl season.a partial season would be worse than no season.

    since the nhl lockout two teams have gone bankrupt and one team just had to move because they couldnt find anybody in the area that wanted a team that lost money every year. this was after the owners got the players to take a paycut and got a strict salary cap put in place. good luck roger goodell and nfl owners because even if you win, everybody will probably end up losing in the end.

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