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American Sports Broadcaster, Greg Gumbel, was born on May 3, 1946 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Greg Gumbel is the third man to serve as both host and play-by-play announcer for Super Bowls, the first two were Dick Enberg and Al Michaels respectively. He hosted Super Bowls XXVI, XXX and XXXII before calling Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVIII. Jim Nantz became the fourth man to do so after he called Super Bowl XLI for CBS.
Greg Gumbel is best known for his various assignments on the CBS network, most notably, the National Football League and NCAA basketball. The brother of news personality Bryant Gumbel, he became the first African American announcer to call play-by-play of a major sports championship in the United States when he announced Super Bowl XXXV for the CBS network in 2001. He is of Creole ancestry.
In 1973, Greg's brother Bryant Gumbel informed him that a Chicago TV station (WMAQ-TV) was auditioning for a sports announcer. At the time, Greg was selling hospital supplies in Detroit. He ultimately got the job and worked there for seven years. The sportscaster he replaced, Dennis Swanson, went on to become president of ABC Sports.
Prior to his rising to prominence at CBS, Gumbel worked for MSG, ESPN, and WFAN radio in New York City. At ESPN, he anchored Sportscenter and did play-by-play for early NBA games on the network. On MSG, Gumbel served as a backup announcer for Marv Albert on New York Knicks broadcasts as well as providing coverage for college basketball. When MSG signed a huge contract to broadcast New York Yankees games in 1989, Gumbel served as host of the pregame and postgame shows. In addition to his MSG duties, he was the host of the first radio morning show on radio station WFAN.
During his tenure as the chief anchor of The NFL Today he served alongside co-anchors Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe, and Boomer Esiason. The group was known to call him by his nickname "Gumby."
For 10 years, Greg Gumbel has 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 elected to the March of Dimes National Board of Advisors.
In addition to his ongoing charity work with the March of Dimes, Greg Gumbel is the 2007 Honoree and the recipient of this year’s 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’s Research Hospital. He is also a member of St. Jude Children’s Hospital Athletic Board.
When he’s not behind the microphone for CBS, Greg Gumbel speaks to business groups, organizations, conventions, chambers of commerce, colleges and universities, including commencement addresses, across the country and around the world.
Greg Gumbel currently resides with his family in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.