Chat with Cris Collinsworth
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, former Cincinnati Bengal Cris Collinsworth stops by to chat about the upcoming NFL season.
Collinsworth played eight seasons in the NFL, all with the Bengals. He had four years where he finished with over 1,000 yards receiving and five seasons with five or more TD catches. He went to the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons in the league, 1981-1983.
Collinsworth is working with Sprint to help bring NFL fans closer to the game with NFL Mobile Live, which is free of charge to Sprint data subscribers. NFL Mobile Live provides live radio broadcasts of every NFL game, live telecast of the NFL Network, highlights and more. For more information, visit Sprint.com.
Send your questions now and join Collinsworth Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Cris Collinsworth (2:04 PM)
Happy to be here. Don't be shy, ask me anything! Oh yeah, don't forget to get your sprint phone for NFL Mobile Live!
How did you get involved with Sprint and NFL Mobile Live?
Cris Collinsworth (2:05 PM)
I think it's a pretty natural tie in for me. Sprint is a sponsor for the NFL as well as NBC. I'm also a user of there products with my phone and laptop so it's a very good deal for me.
Ricky (Jamica, NY)
Why should I scribe to the Sprint data plan in order to get NFL Mobile Live?
Cris Collinsworth (2:06 PM)
Most people have a data plan anyway with the unlimited texting and things like that. I personally don't even talk on the phone anymore. I use my text most of the time and now I can get updates from the NFL as part of my data plan.
Got to ask you what is your take on the Bengals being on HBO's Hard Knocks.
Cris Collinsworth (2:09 PM)
(Laughing) It's like the watching the Wizard of Oz for the first time when I was eight. When they pulled back the curtain and I saw who the Wizard was for the first time, it's kind of like that. You are seeing everything for the first time. You go through their training camp with them. I think it's one of the best reality shows on TV.
Chris, what are your thoughts on the Steelers and their chance of repeating this year?
Cris Collinsworth (2:11 PM)
They have a pretty strong chance. I think New England is also in the mix with Tom Brady being back. I would say that those two teams are the favorite but the AFC is a tough conference from top to bottom. Whoever comes out of it is typically the favorite to win the Super Bowl.
Tyler Parker (Shelbyville,TN)
Hey Cris,who emerges as the Giants starting wide receivers after the departures of both Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer?
Cris Collinsworth (2:13 PM)
I think it's going to be Steve Smith first and foremost. After that it gets a little bit interesting. Domenik Hixon has the ability to be the game breaker that Plaxico was. They have a lot of youth at the wide receiver position so it will be interesting to see will be named the starters.
Your thoughts on ATL and who will win NFC South?
Cris Collinsworth (2:14 PM)
I'm a pretty big Falcon fan. I think the Panthers and Bucs have a chance but I see Atlanta winning the NFC South. They have a great running back in Michael Turner and an up and coming quarterback in Matt Ryan.
Cris Collinsworth (2:16 PM)
Thank you for chatting with me. I'm looking forward to doing this again one day. Tune into Sunday Night Football as I'll be calling the games along with Al Michaels and Inside the NFL on Showtime. And don't forget to go out and buy your sprint phone!