Lee Corso is a thankful man.

The longtime College GameDay analyst celebrated his 20th anniversary of his popular first headgear pick. To honor the occasion, ESPN made a video showcasing the highlights of his headgear picks since 1996.

Corso had an emotional reaction to the video, breaking down in tears. Thanking his colleagues and fans for their continued support over the years. He also thanked ESPN for “not getting rid of me” after suffering a stroke in 2009.

“Thank you for not getting rid of me when I had the stroke. [They] let me recover. And thanks to all the guys on the set, the trucks and everything, for helping with the headgear. But most of all, thanks to the fans.”

Corso received loud cheers and chants at Texas A&M, struggling to hold back tears. It’s a touching moment for Corso, as thousands cheer on the iconic broadcaster.

It’s hard to believe the 81-year-old has been with ESPN for more than 30 years at College GameDay. In 1996, he changed everything by simply adding headgear to his college picks. It might seem silly, but Corso’s headgear picks will live on as one of the most entertaining segments on sports television. It’s great to see him get the respect he deserves.

If you’d like to learn more about Corso and his headgear picks, I suggest you read our own Andrew Bucholtz’s interview with the GameDay analyst. Corso mentioned he’s thrilled to get wear the mascot heads nearly 20 years after starting – so are we Lee, so are we.

[For The Win]

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