This year, the sports world has said goodbye to a number of retiring broadcast icons. Dick Enberg called his final San Diego Padres game on Oct. 2, capping a career that lasted nearly six decades. That same day, Vin Scully signed off after 67 years of broadcasting Dodgers baseball. And on Saturday, 76-year-old Verne Lundquist, capped a 17 year stint as the lead play-by-play announcer for SEC college football games on CBS.
Lundquist said that calling SEC games for CBS was “the greatest assignment of my life.” Given that, it seemed only natural that the broadcast great would get emotional during his signoff.
A tribute video was shown on the CBS telecast — after which, Lundquist’s broadcast partner Gary Danielson addressed Lundquist directly, and said that as much as Lundquist is going to miss college football, “College football and the SEC is going to miss you more, my friend.”
Lundquist choked up.
“It’s been my privilege to sit by your side for 11 years,” Lundquist said to Danielson, whom he hugged as he began to break down.
Was it a touching TV moment? Yes sir!
Watch above, via CBS.
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