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Collected Wisdom: ESPN's Mike Golic

ESPN voice talks about radio and his ties to Notre Dame
by Mel Bracht Published: October 27, 2012
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Most of my NFL career was with the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, there again as well, every time we made the playoffs, we lost in the first round. That was a shame. I never made any Pro Bowls. I was your average player. I played nine years. It was a nice career. I certainly enjoyed it and wouldn't trade it for anything.

I didn't go to school for broadcasting; I was a business major. I always was pretty friendly with the media, giving them quotes here or there. Sometimes in a tough game they knew they could get a quote out of me. I knew they had a job to do. Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham had a TV show, and I did a little three-minute bit on it every week, kind of a humorous look at the upcoming opponent. It was called “Golic's Got It.” It was kind in the right place at the right time, it won like a local Emmy. ESPN actually called me while I was still playing and they said, ‘Hey in the offseason, would you like to come and do some stuff with us?' When I retired, I started doing some other stuff with them, calling some college games, doing some pieces. That was in 1995 and it has kind of evolved to where I am today.

The morning show actually started with me and a different co-host (Tony Bruno) in October 1998. Greeny (Mike Greenberg) and I took over for good right at the beginning of 2000. We're basically in on our 13th year together. We absolutely have great chemistry, that's something you can't fake. He's a guy who grew up as a sports fan, then went to journalism school at Northwestern. I was an athlete. So we really come at things from a different perspective. We do get along. I'm a family guy. He's a family guy. His kids are a lot younger than mine, but it's a family show. We don't cross the line. We don't get real blue. We're not into that. We like talking about our wives and kids on the air.

I can't complain at all about my career. I played sports all my life. I get to talk about sports and I get to watch my kids play sports. My wife is way into sports. It's been an incredible path. I've been very, very lucky.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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