Legendary broadcaster Verne Lundquist fights back tears after calling his final game
If you've spent any amount of time watching football, you've undoubtedly heard the folksy voice of legendary broadcaster Verne Lundquist.
Lundquist spent several years calling NFL games for CBS, and was the announcer on a fair share of memorable Eagles games. In fact, Lundquist and then-partner Terry Bradshaw were among those forced to dive for cover during the Bounty Bowl, when fans pelted the visiting Dallas Cowboys (and anyone else on the sidelines) with snowballs, thanks to several inches of snow remaining in the stands.
During the game, golf legend Jack Nicklaus offered a tribute to Lindquist, tweeting out the call of his famous birdie putt on the 17th hole during the final round of the 1986 Masters.
Just after Lundquist's final call, CBS aired a tribute video highlighting some of his most dramatic moments over the years, including his call of Tennessee's Hail Mary to beat Georgia earlier this season.
After the tribute video, an emotional Lunquist turned to analyst Gary Danielson and said, "It's been my privilege to sit by your side for 11 years. Thanks."
Danielson simply replied, "No one can do it better," before embracing Lundquist in an emotional hug.
Despite walking away from college football, Lundquist isn't leaving the booth altogether. He will still call golf and basketball games for CBS. He'll be replaced on the network's SEC football telecasts by Brad Nessler.