No broadcaster spent as many years calling NFL television games as Don Criqui, a streak that ran for 47 years (1967-2013) on CBS and NBC.
Along the way, he partnered in the broadcast booth with such Hall of Famers as Frank Gifford, Norm Van Brocklin and Sonny Jurgensen. Among the legendary games he called was Tom Dempsey’s record 63-yard field goal in 1970 and the epic Miami Dolphins-San Diego Chargers playoff game in 1982.
Counting the 11 years he spent as the radio voice of Notre Dame football, Criqui called play-by-play for 51 consecutive years.
Although best known for his football broadcasting, Criqui’s versatile career also included stints calling NBA and college basketball, track and field, horse racing, figure skating, gymnastics, soccer, tennis, swimming and diving.
He also preceded Marv Albert as the voice of the New York Knicks, calling the team’s games in 1966-67.