Late Thursday night, news broke that legendary play-by-play man Dick Enberg passed away at the age of 82. Enberg was most widely known as the lead play by play voice for NBC Sports for a number of years, calling multiple Super Bowls, Wimbledon, golf tournaments, and so much more. He would later go to CBS Sports where he would call the NFL and NCAA basketball among other assignments. Enberg retired in 2016 after a stint as the television voice of the San Diego Padres.

It’s hard to argue with Enberg’s place on the Mount Rushmore of play by play announcers. With a career spanning several decades, Enberg was the voice for some of the most monumental moments in sports. He was there for the famous showdown between UCLA and Houston in 1968 and the first encounter of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson in the 1979 NCAA Championship Game (alongside Al McGuire and Billy Packer, who some still consider one of the best broadcast booths of all time). He was there for The Drive and The Fumble. And Payne Stewart’s US Open triumph. And so many Super Bowls and Wimbledon Finals and so much more.

Personally, I’ll always remember Enberg calling Stewart’s 1999 US Open win and his call of Illinois’ epic Elite 8 comeback in 2005 as two of my favorite memories from his career. Another treat was growing up watching ESPN Classic air episodes of the Sports Challenge trivia show hosted by Enberg.

Enberg was remembered by his colleagues across the industry, including former broadcast partners from throughout the years.

Others recalled a personal encounter with Enberg, where he shared with them encouragement, kindness, and generosity.

And others simply remembered Enberg for being one of the best in the history of the business.

How lucky, indeed. Oh my.

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  • souvien

    As great as Summerall and Madden were back in the day…Enberg and Olsen at their peak may have been just as enjoyable…all of those great Bengals, Raiders and Fins games they called…plus the Bears Super Bowl…oh my!!!

  • Dee Snutz

    Coming soon: the NFL’s obituary

  • Dale Moog

    Enberg one of the best I lvoed him on NBC and CBS he was great on Golf Tennis Football Baseball and Basketball a true pro

  • JonFrum

    Every mention I’ve seen of this guy includes the word ‘legendary.’ Really? The media certainly does love itself. I know the guy’s name, and I must have heard him many, many times over the years, but I won’t be telling my grandchildren about him around the fireplace. Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan are legendary figures in sports. Enberg was a TV guy, and I can’t remember a single thing he ever said. RIP and all, but let’s not go crazy here.

    • ViniVidiVeachie

      Dick Enberg is a legendary figure in broadcasting. You’re being obtuse if you don’t recognize that.

    • Craig Prager

      Just because he didn’t hit a home run or score a touchdown or an overhand smash to win a tennis championship, doesn’t mean the man wasn’t a sports legend. He was, to many of us that watched and listened to him, one of the greats of the broadcasting industry. He never yelled and screamed like many of today’s guys do. He told us what we needed to know and in a way that was understandable for everyone from kids to seniors to comprehend.

      Guys like Dick Enberg and Vin Scully and Jack Buck and other greats like them are national treasures, and yes, legends of the game!