Chris Fowler - Victory Over Injury Podcast

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“One month later, ESPN called and said how would you like to do college football sidelines, and report on this pre-game show nobody watches called GameDay?” - Chris Fowler

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Andrews Sports Medicine's Victory Over Injury Podcast Series explores the depths and peels back the layers of the often overlooked and largely unknown side of sports medicine: INJURY - digging into recovery and the mindset it takes to achieve victory over injury.

In episode #9 of the Victory Over Injury Podcast presented by Andrews Sports Medicine, Dr. Michael K. Ryan takes a special deep dive into the life, career and experience of Chris Fowler.

Chris has progressed at ESPN for more than 30 years and is one of the most respected hosts and play-by-play commentators in television, appearing on many of ESPN’s marquee properties, primarily in college football and Grand Slam tennis. He served as the host for College GameDay, the network’s Emmy-winning Saturday morning college football preview show, 1990 – 2014. It won the Sports Emmy for Best Weekly Studio Show in 2015, 2014, 2011, 2010 and 2008. 

In 2014, he replaced Brent Musburger as the play-by-play announcer for Saturday Night Football on ABC, having him on ESPN's top announcing team alongside Kirk Herbstreit. The duo announce one of the two College Football Playoff semifinal games and the College Football National Championship.

In addition, Chris’ tennis workload remains robust, including calling matches for the US Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open as part of ESPN’s start-to-finish coverage of those Majors. Over the years, Fowler has also hosted SportsCenter, SportsCentury, horse racing’s Triple Crown races, men’s college basketball including on-site Final Four coverage and the first few editions of the X Games and Winter X Games. 

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A special thank you to our producer, Ed Hill, and our intern, James Harris, UAB School of Medicine (Class of 2023) for helping make this podcast series possible.

Episode Notes
  •  00:03:15 – Chris Fowler’s “Michael Jordan Game”
  •  00:09:42 – Growing up in Illinois & Colorado Springs, CO
  •  00:12:42 – Early career successes
  • 00:17:47 – Scholastic Sports America
  • 00:20:14 – Covering tennis & Wimbledon
  • 00:31:14 – The early years of College GameDay
  • 00:37:27 – The rise of College Gameday
  • 00:42:37 – Sports injuries
  • 00:49:25 – Chris’ personal injuries
  • 01:01:20 – Mental aspect of injury
  • 01:01:54 – Identifying an excellent medical team
  • 01:12:51 – Remaining active & maintaining muscle mass
  • 01:19:45 – Love for the mountains
  • 01:23:48 – Be inspired by the possibilities