With today’s announcement that Dick Enberg will become the television voice of the San Diego Padres in 2010, and in the process give up his CBS announcer duties of National Football League games, it made me reflect about his great career.
Enberg is a Renaissance man within the realm of sportscasters.
I will never forget what to me is his most memorable Bronco game, “The Drive.” He agrees with my assessment, even though he has done more games with the Broncos than perhaps any other franchise. But that game is routinely listed as one of the top 25 in NFL history, and that makes it pretty special historically.
Just about every announcer has a college degree, but how many have not only a master’s but a doctorate? Dick has both, from Indiana University, after he did his undergrad work as a Central Michigan Chippewa (he always checks to see if we have any Chippewas on the roster).
Back in the days when he was a college professor (a full time college professor, which most cannot claim to have ever been), he also was a baseball coach — at what is now Cal State Northridge, but which in those days still had the moniker of San Fernando Valley State College (incidentally, the Broncos once had a starting quarterback who played there, Max Choboian).
Enberg has done football, baseball, auto racing, basketball, boxing, golf, tennis, horse racing, and the Olympic Games.
I could get into the specific events, or seperate college sports from pro sports, but you get the idea.
He also has done a considerable amount of radio and has hosted game shows as well. It all started with his Indiana Hoosiers football play-by-play in 1957 and has continued until now, when he will call the action for this week’s Denver game at Kansas City and next week’s at Indianapolis — meaning he will have done three consecutive Sunday Broncos games.
Next year, Enberg will forsake the NFL for the Padres, and it is distinctly their gain. He is on a list so short, you can count it on your thumbs.
Enberg has 13 Emmys (besides an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award), nine National Sportscaster of the Year awards and the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Award. He is the only sportscaster in history thus far to win Emmys in three categories (broadcasting, writing and producing. And on and on.
There are thing we encounter that are low class, no class, second class……and then there is Dick Enberg class — which is all-class.
Congrats and best wishes, Dick.