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SBD/May 17, 2011/People and Pop Culture
NSSA Honors Tirico, King With Annual Awards, Inducts Three Into HOF
Published May 17, 2011
WELCOME TO THE HALL: ESPN's JACKIE MACMULLAN inducted Ryan into the HOF, recounting she started at the Boston Globe as a 21-year-old with Ryan, who showed her the integrity, passion and work ethic she needed to survive in the New England market. Ryan accepted the award with the same passion, stressing that sport is the single entity that galvanizes a community. Uecker, who was unable to attend the banquet due to the Brewers’ schedule, said in a video he would come to the Awards Banquet one year, promising to work at the event. He had been presented with his plaque earlier in the month when the Brewers visited the Braves at Turner Field. Musburger also was absent from the event, but he too sent a taped message thanking the NSSA for the honor. ESPN Senior VP & Exec Producer for Event Production JED DRAKE accepted on Musburger’s behalf, noting ESPN/ABC’s lead college football broadcaster is the consummate professional. The night also featured a special cake by TLC's “Cake Boss" with specially designed figurines of the honorees.