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NBC’s Mike Tirico Named Emcee of 2016 NFF Annual Awards Dinner
NBC broadcaster will lend his talents to honor college football’s greatest legends and most promising scholar-athletes.
Published: 11/8/2016 11:00:00 AM

IRVING, Texas (Nov. 8, 2016) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that NBC broadcaster Mike Tirico will return for a fourth time, and second consecutive, to emcee the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on Dec. 6.

“Mike Tirico has always been one of the industry’s most versatile sports broadcasters, expertly calling some of the biggest games in just about every sport,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Mike has a tremendous love and understanding of football, currently doing NFL and college football work for NBC and previously doing play-by-play for Monday Night Football. He has been a longtime friend and supporter of the NFF, and his entertaining insights will add significantly to the pomp and pageantry of the night. We are so glad he has agreed to return as emcee of one of college football’s marquee events.”

Tirico has secured his place among a prestigious list of individuals who have donated their skills to host the fabled event, including TV Host Ed Sullivan, TV Host of What’s My Line John Charles Daly, U.S. Senator George Murphy, Rutgers University President Mason W. Gross, CBS News Anchor Harry Smith (now with NBC News) and ABC Sports broadcaster Chris Schenkel, who emceed the event for 28 consecutive years from 1968 to 1995. Other notable sports broadcasters who have emceed the event include CBS Sports’ Tim Brando (now with FOX Sports), ESPN/ABC’s Rece Davis and Chris Fowler and CBS Sports’ Verne Lundquist.

“Mike’s talents will create a memorable night for all of the night’s honorees,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “He has become a star himself, and all of the honorees from the Hall of Famers to the scholar-athletes will get a thrill from being on stage with him. We are truly grateful for his willingness to take on this role again.”

As the culmination of the 2016 regular season, the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner provides the stage for the induction of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class; the awarding of the 2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments; the announcement of the winner of the 27th William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently showcased at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club; and the presentation of several major awards, including the organization’s highest honor, the NFF Gold Medal.

The recipients of the 2016 NFF Major Awards include NFF Chairman and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Archie Manning (NFF Gold Medal), Chancellor of the University of Texas System and retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral William H. McRaven (NFF Distinguished American Award), College Football Hall of Fame coach and AFCA Executive Director Emeritus Grant Teaff (NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award), U.S. Naval Academy Athletics Director Chet Gladchuk (NFF John L. Toner Award for excellence in athletics administration) and the Voice of the Washington Huskies Bob Rondeau (NFF Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting).

This year's College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Marlin Briscoe (Nebraska Omaha), Derrick Brooks (Florida State), Tom Cousineau (Ohio State), Randall Cunningham (UNLV), Troy Davis (Iowa State), William Fuller (North Carolina), Bert Jones (LSU), Tim Krumrie (Wisconsin), Pat McInally (Harvard), Herb Orvis (Colorado), Bill Royce (Ashland [Ohio]), Mike Utley (Washington State), Scott Woerner (Georgia), Rod Woodson (Purdue) and coaches Bill Bowes (New Hampshire) and Frank Girardi (Lycoming [Pa.]).

The winner of the Campbell Trophy will be announced live at the event on Dec. 6, and the finalists, comprised of the 2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments, include Chris Beaschler (Dayton), Tim Crawley (San Jose State), DeVon Edwards (Duke), Brooks Ellis (Arkansas), Carter Hanson (Saint John's [Minn.]), Taysom Hill (BYU), Ryan Janvion (Wake Forest), Zay Jones (East Carolina), Cooper Rush (Central Michigan), Karter Schult (Northern Iowa), Tyler Sullivan (Delta State [Miss.]) and Zach Terrell (Western Michigan).

For more information regarding the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, please contact NFF Director of External Relations Will Rudd at 972.556.1000 or wrudd@footballfoundation.com.

Mike Tirico’s Bio

Mike Tirico has established himself as one of the most recognizable faces and steady voices in sports. Currently, he serves as the on-site host for NBC’s Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football, after serving as the play-by-play commentator for two NFL preseason games. Tirico also did play-by-play for Notre Dame’s first three home football games on NBC.

He made his NBC Sports debut in July as host of NBC Sports’ live coverage of The Open from Royal Troon in Scotland, and he was the host for NBC’s daytime coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The voice of ESPN’s Monday Night Football from 2006-2015, Tirico’s other broadcast roles at NBC will include the Summer and Winter Olympics; select golf telecasts; and other big events.

Tirico is one of four play-by-play announcers to work primetime NFL games for at least 10 seasons (Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Mike Patrick). He joined NBC after 25 years at ESPN/ABC (1991-2016), where he established himself as a preeminent broadcaster on properties and events including Monday Night Football, The Open, The Masters, NBA, college football, college basketball, FIFA World Cup and tennis’ U.S. Open and Wimbledon. He was named the 2010 Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA), an award voted on by his industry peers.

Tirico has also handled radio play-by-play of some of the biggest college football games while at ESPN, including the 2010 Rose Bowl and the 2010-13 BCS Championships. He partnered with analyst Todd Blackledge for the radio broadcast of the first two College Football Playoff National Championships.

Tirico previously hosted The Mike Tirico Show on ESPN Radio, a nationally-syndicated sports news and discussion program, which launched in 2007. In May 2008, the two-hour weekday afternoon program was re-launched as the Tirico & Van Pelt Show with SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt named the co-host. Tirico stepped away from the show in 2009.

Tirico joined ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor in July 1991, later serving as host of Monday Night Countdown during the NFL season from that show’s 1993 launch to 2001. From 1993-97, he anchored ESPN’s college football studio show. In December 1996, Tirico was named golf host for ABC Sports, and in 2002, he began calling NBA games for ABC, ESPN and ESPN Radio.

In addition, he has hosted SportsCenter coverage of the U.S. Open, The Masters and the Daytona 500, and anchored coverage of the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and NFL Draft for both television and radio. He also worked college basketball and Thursday night college football telecasts for ESPN from 1997-2006.

He received critical acclaim for eloquently capturing the tone and emotion both when the New Orleans Saints triumphantly returned to the Louisiana Superdome after Hurricane Katrina on MNF in 2006, and when Virginia Tech hosted its first college football game in August 2007 in the aftermath of the on-campus shootings that spring.

Prior to joining ESPN and after graduating from Syracuse University, Tirico worked in Syracuse, N.Y. (1987-91) as the sports director at WTVH-TV and as the play-by-play voice for Orange basketball, football, lacrosse and volleyball.


All-Time List of NFF Annual Award Dinner Emcees

1958 - George Murphy, U.S. Senator, Actor and NFF President
1959 - George Murphy, U.S. Senator, Actor and NFF President
1960 - Mason W. Gross, President of Rutgers University
1961 - Mason W. Gross, President of Rutgers University
1962 - Mason W. Gross, President of Rutgers University
1963 - Mason W. Gross, President of Rutgers University
1964 - Ed Sullivan, TV Host of the Ed Sullivan Show
1965 - John Charles Daly, TV Host of What's My Line
1966 - John Charles Daly, TV Host of What's My Line
1967 - Ed Sullivan, TV Host of the Ed Sullivan Show
1968 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1969 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1970 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1971 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1972 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1973 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1974 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1975 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1976 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1977 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1978 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1979 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1980 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1981 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1982 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1983 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1984 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1985 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1986 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1987 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1988 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1989 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1990 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1991 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1992 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1993 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1994 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1995 - Chris Schenkel, ABC Sports Broadcaster
1996 - Chris Fowler, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster
1997 - Chris Fowler, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster
1998 - Chris Fowler, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster
1999 - Tim Brando, CBS Sports Broadcaster (now with FOX Sports)
2000 - Chris Fowler, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster
2001 - Mike Tirico, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster (now with NBC Sports)
2002 - Tim Brando, CBS Sports Broadcaster (now with FOX Sports)
2003 - Chris Fowler, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster
2004 - Mike Tirico, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster (now with NBC Sports)
2005 - Chris Fowler, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster
2006 - Verne Lundquist, CBS Sports Broadcaster
2007 - Chris Fowler, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster
2008 - Rece Davis, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster
2009 - Chris Fowler, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster
2010 - Harry Smith, CBS News Anchor (now with NBC News)
2011 - Rece Davis, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster
2012 - Rece Davis, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster
2013 - Rece Davis, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster
2014 - Rece Davis, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster
2015 - Mike Tirico, ESPN/ABC Sports Broadcaster (now with NBC Sports)
2016 - Mike Tirico, NBC Sports Broadcaster


About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
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