Watch The Herbie Awards
- 19 Seasons
The Herbie Awards is a beloved annual sports broadcast of ESPN2, which takes place during the holiday season. The show features the eponymous mascot, a life-size trophy named after College Football Hall of Fame quarterback, Kirk Herbstreit. The Herbie Awards is a special time where the network celebrates the best in college football for the season, as well as reflects on moments that have contributed to the rich history of the sport. With a runtime of approximately an hour, The Herbie Awards, which began airing in 1997, is hosted by the affable Kirk Herbstreit himself. The show features a star-studded cast of analysts, former athletes, commentators, and celebrities who present awards and offer expert analysis on the season. One of the commonly recognized segments of the show the yearned for a coachâs' interview, called Ask Coach Herbie, where colleges' coaches are given the opportunity to take on the Twitter universe in a Q&A session. In a more recent segment, Kirk selects some of the tiniest CFB players for recognition in his "Littles" category. This production differs from other sports award shows, as The Herbie Awards does not feature categories like 'offensive player of the year.' Still, instead, the show offers more light-hearted categories such as "Which mascot would you want to be stranded on a desert island with?" where the nominees are not just team mascots, but corporate logos and Disney characters as well. Another fan-favorite is the "Ultimate Herbie," wherein the show's production team chooses an all-star team from the season of players who did not win any individual awards previously. The Herbie Awards also pays tribute to the history of the game in segments such as "CFB 150 Flashback," which is a special tribute to the 150th anniversary of college football, reliving great moments in the history of the sport. One of the highlights of the show is the unveiling of Kirk Herbstreit's much-anticipated "Top 10," which showcases the College Football Playoff's top ten teams of the season. Kirk's ranking is of significant importance to college football fans as it serves as a reliable and respected barometer for the forthcoming rankings that determine which teams will participate in the College Football Playoff. The fan-favorite category of the show is the All-America Team, which features the best CFB players of the season. The All-America team is made up of awarding 11 players apiece to offense, defense, and special teams that are selected by Kirk and his independent panel of experts. The event is more than just a celebration of college football. With its generous use of humor and jokes on memes, Coach Herbstreit becomes quite the entertainer. His chemistry with the guests on the show is what makes it more special than every fan favorite talk show out there. The Herbie Awards is a beloved and anticipated event for college football fans, as it recognizes the best that the sport has to offer. The show's lightheartedness and humor are infectious, making it an excellent way to end a season of football. The Herbie Awards is an event that combines entertainment, sports, and history, creating a unique viewing experience unlike any other. At last, although it is held at the end of the year, viewers eagerly await the next season of The Herbie Awards as if it were the beginning of a new one.