Legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg passes away at 82
Dick Enberg began his career in sports broadcasting by calling Indiana basketball games in 1957 for $35 a game, but as his career unfurled he became a name that was synonymous with big games and would go on to call 10 Super Bowls.
On Thursday, Enberg passed away after suffering a heart attack at his home in La Jolla, Calif. He was 82 years old.
Enberg’s career spanned seven decades and lasted a total of 60 years, and he spent 22 of those years calling play-by-play on NFL broadcasts for NBC and then another 11 seasons calling the NFL with CBS. He also called play-by-play on the radio for the Los Angeles Rams for 12 seasons.
In addition to football, Enberg called the MLB Game of the Week, grand slam tennis, the Olympics, Notre Dame football, horse racing, college football and basketball, and did local play-by-play for the California Angels and San Diego Padres.
Outside of sports broadcasting, he also hosted a number of game shows in the 60s and 70s and even coached baseball at Cal State Northridge for a number of years in the 60s. He was awarded with 13 Sports Emmys during his career, including the lifetime achievement award, and has been named to a number of Hall of Fames.
Enberg retired from television in 2016 but remained active in media, hosting an episode of his podcast “Sound of Success” on Thursday.
His daughter, Nicole, confirmed his death to the Associated Press on Friday. He is survived by his six children and his wife, Barbara.