Kirk Herbstreit Says Prayer and Weekly Bible Study Help Him Be “More Balanced”



Asked about the role faith plays in his life, ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit didn’t hesitate with his answer.

“Everything,” he said, appearing on the “And after?” Podcast, hosted by former NFL Pro Bowl center Eric Wood. “I try to follow this path every day. “

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Herbstreit went on to say that he attended a Bible study earlier in the morning. The group meets every Thursday and is made up of men from the home state of Herbstreit, Ohio, and the Nashville area, where his family currently resides.

They go through the book of Acts and have a minister in the group who helps guide the conversation. Herbstreit said he sees a difference in his life when he spends time in fellowship with other Christians.

“I feel so good when I get the chance to do it,” he said. “And I don’t just say that to say that, but I feel like when I’m praying and being with my Bible study group, things just seem to be more balanced. I am more patient. I am more outgoing.

A native of Centerville, Ohio, Herbstreit followed in his father’s footsteps by playing football at Ohio State from 1989 to 1993. They were the second father-son duo in the program’s history to both serve as captains. Herbstreit became the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback for the 1992 season, throwing for 1,904 yards and leading the team to a Citrus Bowl appearance.

As he grew older, Herbstreit learned the dangers of having a ‘do it yourself’ mentality – which he cited as a reason for his athletic and broadcast success – when it comes to his faith.

“Sometimes I have to protect myself from mine, like ‘I can fix this problem, I can fix this problem, I can do it,” he said. “There’s some things you know you can’t, and you’ve got to kinda let go and just pray.”

Since joining ESPN in 1996, Herbstreit has held various positions. He is currently one of the analysts for “College Gameday” every Saturday morning during college football season, then calls the game prime time on ABC Saturday night.

Additionally, he makes regular appearances on ESPN’s college football playoff rankings shows throughout the season and is a part of the network’s NFL coverage squad. He has also been the occasional color commentator for Monday Night Football specials.

The chaotic nature of Herbstreit’s life in the fall can make it difficult for him to keep his faith at the forefront, he said. He admitted in the interview with Wood that he tends to hold back his emotions rather than share them with the people around him.

The best solution, he found, is to stay connected to God.

“I’m introverted by nature, so I tend to lock everything in and hold onto everything, whether it’s frustration, pain or happiness,” Herbstreit said. “I’m going to kind of lock in and I find that when I’m in a good position with my faith, that stuff kind of just kind of slows down for me.”

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