Verne Lundquist has become a legend in sports broadcasting. As he prepares for his final season calling the SEC before giving way for Brad Nessler in 2017, CBS produced a video of Uncle Verne talking about his very first conference game, Florida-Tennessee in 2000 in Knoxville. Lundquist replaced Sean McDonough on the SEC package after rejoining CBS in 1998 to call the NFL. At first, Lundquist wasn’t happy about being taken off the NFL, but later came to love it and thus became Uncle Verne for millions of college football fans.
Back to Lundquist’s first SEC game, that lives in Vol infamy as a pass from now-SEC Network analyst Jesse Palmer to Jabar Gaffney was ruled a touchdown despite Gaffney dropping it. Here’s Uncle Verne talking about that game:
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That was fun to listen to. Here’s hoping CBS puts out more Story Time with Uncle Verne videos as the season progresses and as we count down the days to his final SEC football game.