When it comes to college football, one of those who gives us a broader understanding and outlook for any college game is Kirk Herbstreit. He understands football at that level better than many others as his analysis is one of the best you can stand by when extrapolating the outcome of any game. Perhaps, he is good at what he does because he played football so well in his college days with the Ohio State Buckeyes football team.
As we dwell on Kirk for more college football analysis, let’s get to find out more about the things we don’t often hear him run a commentary on – like his finances, family; wife, and kids plus his affairs and divorce story. But first, a look at his background will have us set out with the right information on a quest to discover how he has been able to do all we have seen him do.
Kirk Herbstreit’s Bio (Age)
On the 19th of August 1969, Kirk Herbstreit was born in Centerville, Ohio as the son of Judy Herbstreit (mother) and Jim Herbstreit; his father was a footballer with Ohio State Buckeyes and later an assistant coach in the varsity football team. Kirk has a sister whose name was given as Terri Holmes.
As he came of high school age, Kirk Herbstreit was enrolled at Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio where he played football as a quarterback. The kid was very much manifesting the sporting genes his father passed on to him as he was awarded the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year in his senior year. Other than football, young Kirk equally played baseball to which he turned out to be exceptionally good at but football took the better part of him.
The Centerville High School prodigy committed to play football for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team (1989–1993) as he gained admission to study Business Administration in the college. He became a co-captain in the team with Steve Tovar in his senior year as they led their team to many important victories albeit with a few painful loses.
Following his graduation from college, Kirk Herbstreit decided not to pursue a professional career in the National Football League but instead, he opted to begin a broadcasting career with ESPN as the network’s College Gameday analyst with Desmond Howard, Chris Fowler, and Lee Corso. In addition to this, Kirk previously worked as a colour commentator for ESPN on Thursday night games before he started commenting on ABC and became a host for 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, an Ohio-based FM radio program. He has been working as a college football analyst since then and has built up a good reputation in his line of work.
Football indeed is a very rewarding game when you groom yourself to be good at it no matter what side of the game you specialize in. Though Kirk Herbstreit didn’t go pro, he has amassed a net worth of about $4 million with an annual salary of $2 million for being a college football games colour commentator.
Family: Wife, Kids
Coming over to his marital life, a lot has been said about Kirk Herbstreit with many distorted facts here and there. We are going to demystify all of it here including the rumour about his divorce.
At the moment, Kirk is married to his wife Allison Butler with whom he shares four children. The couple met while they were in college at Ohio State. Allison was a cheerleader while Kirk was in the football team. A seed of friendship got planted between them like in most college relationships but theirs soon sprouted into a relationship that led to their June 13, 1998 marriage. Allison’s first pregnancy saw to the birth of their twin boys Jake and Tye in the year 2000 and in 2002, Zak was born – followed by Chase in 2006.
Being a media personality, there is always a public interpretation and input to whatever that happens in the life of Kirk Herbstreit and indeed that of every other celebrity. He was enjoying a happy married life until rumours of his affair with Tracy Dunlaw, now ex-wife of Jerry Dunlaw went wild in 2007. Such rumours are often devastating to couples, especially in the Herbstreit’s family where in the eyes of the public, everything seemed to be going well with them.
The after-effect of this led to Kirk and Allison’s interim separation while on the part of Tracy and Jerry, their marriage ended in a divorce because of the supposed affair. However, as it raged on, there was no definitive proof or admittance of unfaithfulness by any of the parties involved.
Nevertheless, in the course of time Kirk and his wife Allison reconciled and are still together today as husband and wife. It is best to accept that they have put behind them the events of the past – if at all it did happen.