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CBS Sports' Verne Lundquist will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He'll receive the award as part of the Sports Emmy Awards on May 10.
College sports followers have been known to express feelings of both love and hate of the 75 year-old and his old-school, down-home style of announcing, but they can't deny his impact on sports broadcasting. During his nearly 50 years in sports broadcasting, he's covered events ranging from The Masters to the SEC Championship Game to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
“Verne Lundquist is one of the most iconic voices in sports television,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “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.”
Notable moments from sports history that Lundquist has covered include Jack Nickalus' fourth and final Masters title in 1986, Christian Laettner's overtime game-winning shot in overtime that helped Duke defeat Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Eastern Regional Final, and the Auburn's last-second victory over Alabama in the 2013 Iron Bowl.
(via Awful Announcing)