The Unbelievable Story How Chris Fowler Almost Died During a Broadcast but a Quick-Thinking ESPN Personality Amazingly Saved His Life

    Chris Fowler has been a leading voice in college football since 1990. He has been the lead announcer for some of the biggest games in recent memory and the voice of the college football playoffs since his debut in 2014.

    Unbelievably, everything Fowler has done since 2013, including his job announcing every college football title game, has been on house money. That’s because, in late 2013, Fowler almost died right in the middle of a national broadcast. He only lived to tell of his near-death experience thanks to the quick thinking of another well-known ESPN personality.

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    chris fowler joined espn in 1986 to work on scholastic sports america, a program that profiled talented high school athletes in a variety of sports. A couple of years later, Fowler moved into the role of a college football reporter. two years later, he became host of the college game day.

    Fowler became synonymous with college football on ESPN and then on ABC when the two networks fell under the same umbrella. He’s covered a lot of college football over the years, but to his credit, he hasn’t limited his talents to just college football and has crossed over into other sports.

    For years, Chris Fowler has been one of ESPN’s top broadcasters in its coverage of the men’s and women’s Grand Slam tennis tournaments. he has covered men’s college basketball and the final four. and served as ESPN’s studio anchor during the network’s coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

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    while chris fowler is known for his sports broadcasting resume, jesse palmer is recognized by two very different audiences.

    palmer played quarterback for the florida gators from 1997 to 2000. he was selected in the fourth round of the 2001 nfl draft by the new york giants. he played four seasons with the giants as a backup and a brief stint with the san francisco 49ers.

    In 2004, Palmer crossed paths and became the first professional athlete to appear on the popular television show, The Bachelor. Palmer’s relationship with Jessica Bowlin lasted only a couple of months.

    palmer retired from football after a stint in the canadian football league and joined espn in 2007. in 2008, palmer became a college football analyst on the thursday primetime football game espn college, joining broadcaster chris fowler and analyst craig james in the booth.

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    At the end of the 2013 college football season, Chris Fowler and Jesse Palmer traveled to New York City and worked at the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium for a game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. the irish of notre dame

    It was an even contest during the first half, with both teams scoring 13 points before the break. At halftime, Fowler and Palmer had a late lunch. that’s when tragedy almost struck.

    according to chris fowler, he nearly choked on a “dry chicken sandwich,” but palmer saved him with the heimlich maneuver. he detailed the terrifying events on twitter after the game.

    “I’ve never needed a heimlich at halftime before. (or at any time)! thank you jesse palmer! she saved me from death with a dry chicken sandwich. really,” fowler wrote, making sure those who read his tweet knew he wasn’t kidding. he followed it up a few minutes later with another tweet confirming the dire nature of the situation, also sprinkling in some humor.

    “it’s not bad to have a quick thinker, a former nfl player when heimlich needed it. I’ll take the bruised ribs to avoid choking!” he said.

    Fortunately, Jesse Palmer came to the rescue that day in a broadcast booth at Yankee Stadium, and the veteran ESPN reporter avoided the onion-style headline: “Chris Fowler Killed Over Bird Sandwich.”

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