SBD/February 4, 2011/Media

ESPN's Bob Griese Announces Retirement From Broadcast Booth

Griese has been in booth for 29
years, including 24 with ESPN/ABC
ESPN college football analyst Bob Griese Thursday announced his retirement from the broadcast booth after 29 years. Griese has worked for ABC and ESPN since '87, partnering the past two years with Dave Pasch and Chris Spielman on ESPN’s noon telecasts. Griese was paired with Keith Jackson as part of ABC’s top broadcast team throughout the '90s. Griese’s son, Brian, is also an analyst for ESPN (THE DAILY). FANHOUSE.com's Milton Kent noted Griese "started his broadcasting career with NBC after his retirement from football, and was on that network's No. 1 team, where he got to call a Super Bowl." His broadcasting career "was marred, however, by an incident in 2009, when he issued an ethnic slur on the air." Following a promo for an upcoming NASCAR telecast, "mention was made that Juan Pablo Montoya was not ranked among the top five drivers." Griese then said, "He's out having a taco" (FANHOUSE.com, 2/3). In Ft. Lauderdale, Mike Berardino wrote Griese "was no Phil Simms, but he certainly was solid, certainly was informative and he always made sure not to get in the way of the game." Berardino added, "I was always impressed with Griese’s restraint when calling son Brian’s games at Michigan in the mid-’90s. He would point out mistakes as calmly as he would for any other player. ... Only when Brian led Michigan to a share of the 1997 national championship did the ice begin to melt a bit. I seem to recall a teary shot of Bob Griese in the booth at the 1998 Rose Bowl" (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 2/3).
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