We’re about to see and hear a lot more from Cris Carter.
The former Eagles receiver and Fox Sports NFL analyst will finally get his long-rumored show on Fox Sports 1, paring up with former radio host Nick Wright to launch the network’s first-ever morning show.
“First Things First With Cris Carter and Nick Wright, which Ad Age reports only got its name last week, will begin Tuesday, September 5, just two days before the start of the 2017 NFL season. The show, which will act as a lead-in to the Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe hosted Undisputed, will air weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Carter and Wright have chemistry together on air. The pair received high marks when they filled in for a vacationing Colin Cowherd the week after Christmas, and have appeared together multiple times over the past few months on various Fox Sports 1 shows (although there was that time Carter dropped an F-bomb live on air).
During a meeting with media investment giant GroupM, Carter’s old ESPN catch phrase “C’mon, man!” was offered in a sizzle reel by Wright. Carter had some critiques of his new partner's delivery.
"Nick put too much of that Anglo on it," Carter said. "You gotta put a little more urban on it. 'C'mon, man!'"
ESPN chose not to bring back Carter to its NFL coverage last season, a move that publicly irked the Hall of Famer when the network continued to use his signature phrase “C’mon, man!” during its weekly bloopers segment on “NFL Countdown.”
— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) September 20, 2016
Carter later implied on Twitter that he tried to trademark the catchphrase, but ESPN “wouldn’t allow it.”
Carter finished his career as the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver, racking up 1,101 receptions for 13,899 yards. His 130 touchdowns were also the second-most in league history. Carter is also a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s, an honor he shares with new FS1 colleague and “Undisputed” co-host Shannon Sharpe.
The former wide receiver started his broadcast career as a studio analyst on HBO’s “Inside the NFL” back in 2002. There, he interviewed former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan and opened up about his controversial release from the team. Carter moved to ESPN in 2008.
Carter's new show is likely to face some stiff competition from ESPN, which is working on launching its own morning show built around Mike & Mike host Mike Greenberg. The show will reportedly combine elements of SportsCenter with a general-interest morning show, but ESPN has been tight-lipped about when Greenberg will leave Mike & Mike and when his new show will begin.