Brent Musburger announced he is retiring next week.
“What a wonderful journey I have traveled with CBS and the Disney company,” Musburger said in a statement on ESPN’s site. “A love of sports allows me to live a life of endless pleasure. And make no mistake, I will miss the arenas and stadiums dearly. Most of all, I will miss the folks I have met along the trail.
“But the next rodeo for me is in Las Vegas. Stop by and we’ll share a cold one and some good stories. I may even buy!”
A member of the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame, Musburger joined ABC in 1990 after a long stint in which he was the lead voice of CBS Sports. He also received the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Outstanding Contributor to Amateur Football Award in 2011 and the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting in November.
For ABC, ESPN and the SEC Network, Musburger has hosted and/or called play-by-play for the NBA, college football (including seven BCS Championship Games) and basketball, golf, NASCAR and IndyCar races and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He called the Little League World Series from 2000 to 2011. He also hosted Super Bowl XXV’s pregame and halftime shows as well as the 1991 Pan Am Games from Cuba.
His final game:
JUST ANNOUNCED: Brent Musburger will call his final game on Jan. 31 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN (Georgia at Kentucky from Rupp Arena).
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) January 25, 2017
ESPN President on Musburger:
Brent’s presence and delivery have come to symbolize big time sports for multiple generations of fans. When he opens with his signature ‘You are looking live,’ you sit up straight in your chair because you know something important is about to happen. Brent’s catalog of big events is unmatched, and he has skillfully guided us through some of the most dramatic and memorable moments in sports with his authentic and distinctive style. He is one of the best story-tellers to ever grace a sports booth. We and the fans will miss him.
This is a GREAT call:
"Frost to the middle…"
Chills to this day.
[tips cap to Brent Musburger] pic.twitter.com/RrMyuzBxAN
— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) January 25, 2017
Another great one:
— HOMAGE (@HOMAGE) January 25, 2017
What do you think? Who is the best veteran announcer: Musburger, Al Michaels, Vin Sully or someone else?