The Carolina Panthers named Anish Shroff their radio play-by-play voice on Wednesday, making him only the second person to have that job in team history. He’ll take over for Mick Mixon, who retired after the 2021 season.
Shroff was a guest on WFNZ’s The Mac Attack Thursday and was asked if the Panthers’ gig was one he sought out or if the team approached him since he’s been a longtime Charlotte resident while working for ESPN.
“It was something that I was actively seeking,” said Shroff. “I got a taste of doing some NFL last summer. I filled in for Steve Levy on a preseason broadcast for the Broncos while he was doing one of the ESPN preseason Monday games. So it was ‘Hey, this is kinda neat.’
“Then right around the same time, when I was contracted to do that game, shortly thereafter it was announced that Mick was retiring. Wes Durham is a really good friend of mine, so I pinged him. I’ve spoken to Bob Wischusen, asking ‘Hey, is this thing feasible? You guys do it, the travel I know can be crazy.’ They kinda gave me the lay of the land. Those two guys were unbelievable resources.”
Shroff added that when he became a full-time play-by-play broadcaster for ESPN, his family could have moved anywhere they wanted. But they had already been in Charlotte for six years and it was home. Both his wife and daughter love it there. He convinced his parents to move to the area. There was no reason to move anywhere else.
As mentioned, Bob Wischusen calls college football and basketball for ESPN while also working as the radio voice for the New York Jets. Wes Durham is the play-by-play broadcaster for the Atlanta Falcons, while also calling ACC Network football and basketball broadcasts. And Dave Pasch is another ESPN broadcaster who calls college sports but is also the radio play-by-play announcer for the Arizona Cardinals.
Now Shroff will join them in that double duty.
Peter Schrager: ‘Next Good Morning Football Host Has Massive Shoes To Fill’
“I don’t know where they are going for that and I don’t play coach or GM. I’m just going to sit back and if they ask my opinion, I’ll give it.”
This week, Good Morning Football ended up winning a Sports Emmy for the best daily studio show. It is a show that has turned into part most football fans’ morning routines. However, there will be new people on the panel eventually with the departures of Nate Burleson and Kay Adams.
This week, one of those left, Peter Schrager, was on The Pat McAfee Show. He did not have a name for McAfee that would fill the role Adams leaves behind and he isn’t going to interfere in the process of the executives picking the next host.
“I would think that there is going to be a long line of people who will want that,” he said. “Those are massive shoes to fill. I don’t know where they are going for that and I don’t play coach or GM. I’m just going to sit back and if they ask my opinion, I’ll give it. But, for now, I trust the executives to hire someone who is going to take care of that hosting job.”
As for Burleson’s seat, the show has used a number of ex-players to fill-in. Schrager likes it that way because he can learn many different stories each week:
“Nate and I can finish each other’s sentences. Now, you have a guy I don’t know the story this player is going to tell. I don’t know where he’s going to take it and I think it’s kind of cool for us.”
Last summer, Schrager hosted The Flying Coach podcast on The Ringer with Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay. Unfortunately, there will be no season 2 of that show this summer. That doesn’t mean there won’t be another season of the podcast in the future though.
“I won’t do it without McVay. I begged him. He’s just out….He’s getting married this offseason. He’s got his honeymoon. He’s like, we’ll pick it up another offseason. I’m upset. I love doing it. All these new coaches, Sean and I would have had a good time with it and we talked about it, but it’s his decision and he’s saying no and I totally get it. He’s really good at it and he liked it. He’ll have opportunities and you see some of these numbers that these guys are getting. Trust me, he’s aware.”
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“I think he knew the wrestling role, but I don’t think the other guys did,” Choppy said.