Yes sir, Uncle Verne has done it!
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced earlier this week that CBS college football voice Verne Lunquist would receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports at the group’s 37th annual Sports Emmy Awards this May.
Lundquist has served as CBS’s lead college football voice for more than a decade now, calling mostly SEC games, but he has accomplished so much more than that over his 46-year career. Lundquist was there for Christian Laettner‘s buzzer-beater in the unforgettable Duke-Kentucky 1992 Regional Final, arguably the most famous putts in both Jack Nicklaus‘ and Tiger Woods‘ careers and, lest we forget, on the call for the 1994 Winter Olympics women’s figure skating during the height of the Tonya Harding–Nancy Kerrigan ordeal.
“Verne Lundquist is one of the most iconic voices in sports television,” NATAS president said Bob Mauro said in a statement. “He has delivered some of the most memorable calls, from ‘Yes Sir’ to an ‘Answered Prayer.’ From his days with the Dallas Cowboys, through many a Masters Golf Tournament to Olympic figure-skating competitions not to mention numerous NFL and College football games, Verne’s educated, entertaining and insightful look into the world of sports has been a treat for all viewers. It is with great pleasure that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honors him with the prestigious Emmy® Award for Lifetime Achievement in Sports.”
Let us now look back upon Uncle Verne’s most memorable recent college football moments.
(HT CBS Sports)