Greg Gumbel’s standout work in the busy world of sports broadcasting has made his face, his name and his voice as familiar as any in the industry. Considered one of the best in sports television, in the fall Greg teams with Dan Dierdorf to call the NFL play-by-play action across the country, and counts among his many credits the 2007 NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu.
Prior to returning to the booth in 2006, Greg successfully completed his second season as the host of CBS Emmy award winning show The NFL Today. He formally hosted The NFL Today on CBS from 1990 to 1993 and The NFL on NBC. Greg was also the lead play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports coverage of the National Football League from 1998 to 2003. In that capacity, he called the thrilling action at Super Bowl 38 in Houston and Super Bowl 35 in Tampa. He is the first network broadcaster to both call play-by-play and host the Super Bowl. He hosted Super Bowl 26 in Minneapolis, Super Bowl 30 in Tempe and Super Bowl 32 in San Diego.
When the NFL season winds down, Greg switches from one premiere sports attraction to another, hosting the Men’s NCAA Championship Tournament, the annual March Madness taking place in Atlanta this year.
In a broadcast career that began in 1973, Greg Gumbel has seen tours of duty at Chicago’s WMAQ-TV, ESPN, the Madison Square Garden Network, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and now, again at CBS.
His play-by-play resume includes the NFL, the NBA and college basketball, Major League Baseball and the College World Series Championship, as well as having been the voice at various times for the NY Yankees, the NY Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Seattle Mariners.
As host, he has covered the NFL and college football, Major League Baseball, the Daytona 500, the World Figure Skating Championships, the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France and the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Greg also served as the primetime anchor for the record-setting 1994 Olympic Winter Games from Lillehammer, Norway.
A 3-time Emmy Award winner, Greg was born May 3, 1946 in New Orleans and grew up in Chicago, graduating from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa with a degree in English.
For 10 years, Greg served as a member of the National Board of Trustees for the March of Dimes. He has since been named an Honorary Trustee and has recently been appointed to the March of Dimes National Board of Advisors.
In addition to his ongoing charity work with The March of Dimes, Greg has been selected as the 2007 Honoree and the recipient of the Pat Summerall award. Greg was honored for both his stellar work as one of sports outstanding broadcasters and for his efforts to help make a difference in the lives of those he has touched. The charity benefiting this award-winning event is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
When he’s not behind the microphone for CBS, Greg speaks to business groups, organizations, conventions, chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, including commencement addresses, across the country and around the world.