Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson became a household name last season by winning the NFL Most Valuable Player award. On Sunday, fans tuning into the Ravens' game against the Cincinnati Bengals on television might have been a little confused when they didn’t hear Jackson’s name.
CBS play-by-play announcer Greg Gumbel repeatedly called Jackson “Murray” while the quarterback dropped back to pass or scrambled outside the pocket early in the game, confusing the Ravens star with Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, the 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Several fans called attention to Gumbel’s calls on social media, asking why the veteran announcer didn’t immediately correct his mistakes.
Sunday’s game was Gumbel’s first calling the Ravens this season. He had previously called the Raiders-Panthers, Broncos-Steelers, Panthers-Chargers and Colts-Bears games.
It wasn’t his only mistake. He later called Jackson’s interception to rookie linebacker Logan Wilson in the second quarter a complete pass before realizing it was a turnover.
During a first-down run by Jackson with just over 10 minutes to go in the third quarter, Gumbel again referred to Jackson as Murray but corrected himself, saying, “Why do I keep calling him Murray?” with a laugh.
Gumbel eventually started referring to Jackson by name. During a Ravens challenge with 6:23 left in the fourth quarter, he apologized for his earlier errors.
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“For some unearthly reason I referred to Lamar Jackson as Kyler Murray today,” Gumbel said on air. “I got to apologize to Lamar, I apologize to Murray, I apologize to their fans.”