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The ages of the NFL’s team voices might surprise you; Half are in their 60s or above; One is 81

The broadcast booth and the football field live in the same stadium but they’re miles apart in years.

The picture of the playing field is one of  brawn, strength, quickness and youth. Then there’s the broadcast booth looking down from up above. It’s there where the scratches on the faces of those behind the microphones tell lengthy stories of the many years they’ve been calling games.

Half the league’s play-by-play announcers are over 60 years old. Two of them are 80 or over and five are 70 or over. These folks bring remarkable energy, experience and endurance  to the booth.

Years below with each team alongside each name, followed by birthdate and age.

Las Vegas:

Brent Musburger (3)

5/26/1939, (81)

Pittsburgh:

Bill Hillgrove (27)

11/20/1940 (80)

Philadelphia:

Merrill Reese (44) (longest ever in  NFL history)

9/2/1942 (78)

Tampa Bay:

Gene Deckerhoff (32)

5/2/1945 (75)

Dallas:

Brad Sham (42) (started in 1972 as analyst, left team for 3 seasons, 1995-97)

8/16/1949 (71)

Denver:

Dave Logan (31, 6 of which as an analyst)

2/2/1954 (66)

Seattle:

Steve Raible (39, 2 of which as an analyst)

6/2/1954 (66)

Buffalo:

John Murphy (33, 17 as play-by-play)

3/14/1955 (65)

Green Bay:

Wayne Larrivee (22)

4/17/1955 (65)

Cleveland:

Jim Donovan (22)

7/17/1956 (64)

Miami:

Jimmy Cefalo (16)

10/6/1956 (64)

Kansas City:

Mitch Holthus (27)

6/28/1957 (63)

Carolina:

Mick Mixon (16)

10/1/1958 (62)

Jacksonville:

Frank Frangie (7)

10/4/1958 (62)

Baltimore:

Gerry Sandusky (15)

9/5/1961 (59)

Chicago:

Jeff Joniak (20)

7/17/1962 (58)

San Francisco:

Greg Papa(27)

10/10/1962 (58)

Detroit:

Dan Miller (16)

1/26/1963 (57)

Cincinnati

Dan Hoard (10)

10/2/1963 (57)

Houston:

Marc Vandermeer (19)

10/4/1963 (57)

NY Giants:

Bob Papa (2)

9/19/1964 (56)

Minnesota:

Paul Allen

1/6/1966 (54)

Atlanta:

Wes Durham (17)

1/25/1966 (54)

Tennessee:

Mike Keith (23) 

9/11/1967 (53)

New England:

Bob Socci (8)

9/12/1967 (53)

NY Jets:

Bob Wischusen ((19)

10/1/1971 (49)

Arizona:

Dave Pasch (19)

8/11/1972 (48)

Washington:

Bram Weinstein (1)

1/22/1973 (47)

LA Chargers:

Matt Smith (4)

8/28/1973 (47)

LA Rams:

J.B. Long (5)

3/9/1983 (37)

New Orleans:

Zach Strief  (3)

9/22/1983 (37)

Indianapolis:

Matt Taylor (3)

9/10/1985 (35)

***

As far as network play-by-play voices, the oldest three are:

Dick Stockton, Fox, 11/22/1942 (78)

Al Michaels, NBC, 11/12/1944 (76)

Greg Gumbel, CBS, 5/3/1946 (74)

 

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Jake Baskin
Jake Baskin

Jake Baskin is a college student studying sports communication. He does play-by-play for Northeast Sports Network and previously wrote about hockey for various SB Nation blogs. He loves the history and evolution of sports broadcasting and dreams of being a national-level announcer.

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Michael Green
3 months ago

Thanks to Mr. Baskin for this. It’s very interesting. I’m reminded of the great Marty Glickman doing the Jets in his seventies and saying he had learned to use fewer words because he realized that with age, one of the reflexes that had slowed was that of his tongue. I don’t doubt that experience pays.