Salary: $750,000 per year
Another famous quarterback turned broadcaster on our list is the San Diego Chargers’, Dan Fouts. With over 43,000 yards and 254 touchdowns throughout his 14-year NFL career, the successful quarterback built up a serious name for himself. His achievements include being the first player in history to throw 4,000 yards for 3 seasons consecutively. He’s also a 6 times Pro Bowl champion and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Just one year after retiring, Fouts began his broadcasting career as an NFL analyst on CBS. Since then he has done color commentary for ABC Sports and even made an acting debut in Adam Sandler’s comedy, The Waterboy, along with many other NFL players. The 68-year-old retired NFL player was originally born in San Francisco and began his career with a scholarship offer from the University of Oregon to play for the Oregon Ducks team as quarterback. He was inducted into the University of Oregon Hall of Fame in 1992.
Chris Berman- ESPN
Salary: $5 million per year
Coming from Greenwich, Connecticut, Chris Berman, also known as "Boomer", has been a consistent anchor at ESPC since its initial launch in 1979. Known for his captivating personality, jokes, and memorable lines such as "He could.. go.. all.. the.. way!" Berman has helped bring ESPN to the popularity that it enjoys today, and was honored with various awards throughout his years in the business.
The successful and funny ESPN anchor also dipped his toes in various films and TV commercials, such as Adam Sandler's hilarious films "The Water Boy", "The Longest Yard" and “Grown Ups 2”. With almost 40 years in the industry, Berman is starting to show signs of slowing down, but regardless - he will always be one of our favorites.
John Anderson - ESPN
Salary: $2.5 million per year
When looking up the name of John Anderson, you'd be hard-pressed to find the correct person we're referring to here because there are over 50 famous John Anderson's in the world, from politicians to inventors and even musicians, but the John Anderson we're referring to is the famous sports commentator who regularly hosts the ESPN show SportsCenter since back in the late '90s. Anderson appears often on the late-night edition on the MLB Network and has recently hosted ABC’s famous reality game show "Wipeout".
In 2012, Anderson was awarded the Bill Teegins Oklahoma Sportscaster of the year. As the anchor of SportsCenter, he's known to receive around $2.5 million in annual salary. Perhaps as an ironic joke relating to his massive salary, Anderson’s official verified twitter bio reads "Avoiding proper work since 1985".
Sam Rosen - Fox Sports
Salary: $300,000 per year
Sam Rosen, the famous play-by-play announcer for the New York Rangers has been working with MSG Network since 1984 and is known for his trademark catchphrase "It's a power-play goal!". His career in sportscasting began in 1970 as a statistician for Knicks Radio Network and really kicked off in 1982 when he was hired full-time as studio host for the Rangers by MSG. During his career, Rosen has hosted several shows including “The Mike Keenan Show,” “The Herb Brooks Show,” “Giants Journal” and Knicks basketball.
The veteran play-by-play announcer was awarded the “Excellence in Boxing Broadcast Journalism” award in 1989 and was nominated three times for the New York Emmy Award for On-Camera Achievement in Sports. Rosen also worked for NHL Radio for 12 years and broadcasted 12 Stanley Cup Finals. His latest honors were being inducted to the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and receiving the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2016.
Al Michaels - NBC Sports
Salary: $6 million per year
With over 5 decades of sportscasting experience, it’s a bit ironic that 74-year-old NFL play-by-play broadcaster, Al Michaels, is known best for just 2 famous matches which he broadcasted. One was the 1980 Winter Olympics ice-hockey game between the United States and the Soviet Union, which was not just a game of sports but also a very political game. The United States ended up winning 4 to 3, which promptly awarded the game the nickname of "The Miracle on Ice".
Michaels' next famous matched occurred in 1989 during the World Series, when a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Bay Area, causing the game to be postponed due to serious concerns for public safety. Michaels has won numerous awards throughout his successful sportscasting career, including 5 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality, 3 NSSA Awards and even "Sportscaster of the Year". He also dabbled in acting, appearing in the 1970 episode of Hawaii Five-O episode called "Run, Johny, Run" which also featured a young Christopher Walken.