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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