Unforgettable Calls: The Greatest Moments in Football Sportscasting History
In the world of football, sportscasters are the voices that bring the game to life for millions of fans. Their play-by-play commentary and color analysis not only provides insight and entertainment but also helps create lasting memories. Over the years, there have been some unforgettable calls that have become iconic moments in football sportscasting history. Let’s take a look at a few of the greatest moments.
1. “The Miracle at the Meadowlands” – November 19, 1978
In a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants, the Eagles were trailing by five points with only seconds remaining. The Giants decided to run out the clock, but their quarterback, Joe Pisarcik, fumbled the ball. The Eagles’ Herman Edwards scooped it up and ran it into the end zone, securing a stunning victory. The call by sportscaster Merrill Reese perfectly captured the astonishment and disbelief of fans as he shouted, “The Eagles have just won! The Eagles have just won!”
2. “Do you believe in miracles? YES!” – February 22, 1980
One of the most memorable moments in sports history took place during the Winter Olympics when the United States hockey team faced off against the mighty Soviet Union. The American team, made up of amateur players, beat the highly favored Soviets in a stunning upset. As time ticked down, sportscaster Al Michaels delivered a legendary call that echoed the sentiments of a nation in disbelief and jubilation.
3. “The Music City Miracle” – January 8, 2000
In an AFC Wild Card game, the Tennessee Titans faced the Buffalo Bills. With only 16 seconds remaining and the Titans trailing by one point, the Bills kicked off. Titans player Lorenzo Neal received the ball and immediately handed it off to Frank Wycheck, who threw a lateral pass across the field to Kevin Dyson. Dyson sprinted down the sideline, evading defenders, and scored a touchdown as time expired. The call by sportscaster Mike Keith, “He’s got something. He’s got something. He’s got it! He’s got it!” perfectly captured the drama and excitement of this incredible play.
4. “The Catch” – January 10, 1982
It was the NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. With only 58 seconds left in the game, the 49ers were facing a third down near the end zone. Quarterback Joe Montana threw a high pass towards the back of the end zone, where Dwight Clark made an amazing leaping catch. The play secured a touchdown and propelled the 49ers to a Super Bowl victory. The call by sportscaster Vin Scully, “Montana… looking, looking, throwing in the end zone. Clark caught it! Dwight Clark!” remains etched in football lore.
5. “The Immaculate Reception” – December 23, 1972
In an AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders, the Steelers were down by one point with seconds left on the clock. Steelers’ quarterback Terry Bradshaw attempted a pass that was deflected and seemed destined to hit the ground. However, Steelers running back Franco Harris managed to catch the ball just inches above the turf and ran it into the end zone for a touchdown. The call by sportscaster Jack Fleming, “He… caught the ball… it’s a touchdown!” perfectly encapsulates the unlikely and miraculous nature of this play.
These unforgettable calls represent moments of pure excitement, passion, and sportsmanship captured by talented sportscasters. They remind us why football is more than just a game; it’s a series of unforgettable moments etched in the hearts and minds of fans around the world.