Veteran CBS announcer Gus Johnson will handle the television play-by-play for Jaguars preseason games this year, teaming with Matt Robinson for four games in August.
Johnson, 35, has provided play-by-play for CBS's NFL coverage since 1998. He joined CBS Sports in 1995 as a play-by-play announcer for the network's coverage of college basketball, including the NCAA basketball tournament. He called CBS Sports' HDTV broadcast of the 2000, 2001 and 2002 Final Four and championship game. Johnson's credits at CBS Sports include play-by-play for college football, track and field, boxing, the Hambletonian, and bobsled and luge at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games. He serves as host of CBS's college basketball halftime studio show and the wraparound studio show.
"I am very excited to broadcast the Jaguars' preseason games," Johnson said. "I have always been a Jaguars fan. It's a team of players who are committed to working hard and are very professional. They have a great core of leaders in Mark Brunell and Jimmy Smith. And this year they have a young and excitable but polished head coach in Jack Del Rio. I broadcast the Panthers' season opener last year when he was the coordinator and ran onto the field, into the pile of players, at the end of the game. That was a memory I'll never forget."
Johnson is also the radio voice of the NBA's New York Knicks and provides play-by-play for the Madison Square Garden Network's coverage of the WNBA's New York Liberty. He is an anchor and reporter for MSGN's "SportsDesk" and has provided commentary for that network's coverage of the New York City Golden Gloves Tournament. He has also served as host of "AT&T Yankees Scorecard" and New York Rangers and Knicks "GameNight." In addition, Johnson has called play-by-play for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, Big East Basketball on the Big East Network, college basketball on ESPN and the Canadian Football League on ESPN2. Prior to joining MSGN, he hosted "Black College Sports Today" on ESPN and was the weekend anchor for WTTG-TV Washington, D.C. in 1991 and '92.
Johnson was born August 10, 1967 in Detroit and was graduated from Howard University in 1990 with a degree in political science. He lives in New York.
Robinson has been the color analyst for the Jaguars Radio Network since the team's inaugural season in 1995. He did color analysis for FOX for the NFL Europe League in 1997.