CBS sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist is one of the most iconic voices in all of sports history. He is one of the most legendary play-callers of all time and he will be honored with it very soon.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced earlier this week that Lundquist will receive Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports at the group’s 37th annual Sports Emmy Awards this May. He has worked for CBS as sports broadcaster, calling mainly SEC games, for the last decade.
He has done more than just calling memorable plays like the Chris Davis “kick six.” He was involved in calling Christian Laettner’s buzzer beater in the 1992 Duke/Kentucky Elite Eight match up and the controversial rivalry between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 Winter Olympics.
“Verne Lundquist is one of the most iconic voices in sports television,” NATAS president said Bob Mauro said in a statement. “He has delivered some of the most memorable calls, from ‘Yes Sir’ to an ‘Answered Prayer.’ From his days with the Dallas Cowboys, through many a Masters Golf Tournament to Olympic figure-skating competitions not to mention numerous NFL and College football games, Verne’s educated, entertaining and insightful look into the world of sports has been a treat for all viewers. It is with great pleasure that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honors him with the prestigious Emmy® Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports.”
From calling the Ricardo Louis miracle catch to calling the most famous putts of both Tigers Woods’s and Jack Nicklaus’s careers to even appearing in the 1996 Adam Sandler film “Happy Gilmore”, Lundquist has done it and all. He certainly deserves this award.
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