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FOX Decides On Joe Buck Replacement: NFL World Reacts

Joel Klatt speaks during a Fox Sports event.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 07: Reggie Bush, Joel Klatt and Kevin Burkhardt of Fox Sports speak during the Fox segment of the 2019 Summer TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) *** Reggie Bush; Joel Klatt; Kevin Burkhardt

With Joe Buck departing to be the new play-by-play man on Monday Night Football, FOX needs a replacement as their main play-by-play commentator. And it appears they found their man.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported on Monday that Kevin Burkhardt will succeed Buck on NFL Sundays. FOX is reportedly finalizing a long-term contract as part of making the move official.

Burkhardt has been with FOX since 2013 and originally served on the network's No. 4 NFL announcing team. But he's climbed the ladder in recent years and has recently been part of their No. 2 announcing team.

Details on who FOX intends to pair Burkhardt with for NFL games remains a mystery. Marchand speculated that Greg Olsen is the leading candidate giving his rising stardom in the role and his past partnership with Burkhardt.

NFL and sports media fans are widely praising the moving and giving Burkhardt all kinds of props on Twitter. Fans who remember him from his days covering baseball and football for SNY in New York and New Jersey are especially happy:

Kevin Burkhardt spent his early days in broadcasting covering all kinds of sports in Northern New Jersey. At one point he worked at a car dealership while taking freelance work to make ends meet.

Eventually he got a job working at New York City's WFAN, eventually becoming the station's lead reporter on the New York Jets. In the years that followed, he would move to SNY to cover the New York Mets until being hired by FOX in 2014.

Burkhardt has covered football, baseball, basketball and even video games during his years as a broadcaster.

Now he has one of the biggest jobs in all of sports media.

What are your thoughts on Kevin Burkhardt reportedly getting Joe Buck's old job?