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Legendary sports broadcaster Phyllis George passes at the age of 70

Legendary sports broadcaster Phyllis George passes at the age of 70. She passed not from COVID-19, but complications from Polycythemia vera

Before becoming a sports broadcaster, she was in beauty pageants. In 1970, she won Miss Texas, and then a year later in 1971, she became Miss America.

Phyllis George
In this Jan. 21, 1980 file photo, at a pregame Super Bowl taping, from left to right, former Packers star Paul Hornung, CBS Sports broadcaster Phyllis George, former Jets star Joe Namath and “All in the Family” star Carroll O’Connor are seen in Beverly Hills, Calif. George, a former Miss America who became a female sportscasting pioneer on CBS’s “The NFL Today” and served as the first lady of Kentucky, died Thursday, May 14, 2020. She was 70. [ANONYMOUS | AP]

After becoming Miss America in 1971, she was hired by CBS to become a reporter for The NFL Today in 1974. It made her the first female sportscaster to do so at a major network.

In 1975, she became a co-host for the pregame show working alongside Brent Musburger, Irv Cross, and Jimmy Snyder. She would with the NFL Today until 1984. Many women who want to get into sports broadcasting credit her as their inspiration. In 2017 which was 30 years after that historic moment, Beth Mowins who works with ESPN became the first woman to call a regular-season game.

From everyone here at Overtime Heroics, our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time.


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