2016 Gridiron Legend: jim nantz
Three-time Emmy Award winner and five-time National Sportscaster of the Year, Jim Nantz, is one of the most distinguished sports commentators of all time. The University of Houston graduate has covered virtually every sport for the CBS Television Network since joining in 1985. Nantz has been the lead play-by-play voice for THE NFL ON CBS and the Network’s NFL Thursday Night Football games; the lead anchor of CBS’s golf coverage, including the PGA Tour, Masters and PGA Championship; and lead play-by-play announcer for college basketball, including the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
Overall, Jim has broadcasted six Super Bowls, even calling the most recent Super Bowl 50 in February. Jim is the youngest recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award as well as the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award. In 2011, Nantz returned to his adopted hometown of Houston to team with Houston Methodist Hospital at The Texas Medical Center to create the Nantz National Alzheimer Center. The NNAC is dedicated to funding innovative diagnostic discoveries for early and accurate detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementing illnesses in hopes of one day finding a cure.
The proud Houston Cougar graduated with a degree in radio/television from the University of Houston in 1981, where he was recruited as a member of the golf team. In May 2001, he received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from his alma mater, becoming the first former student-athlete to ever deliver the commencement address and be bestowed an honorary degree from the university. In 2002, Jim was named to the UH Athletics Hall of Honor.