When you hear Verne Lundquist’s voice in the fall, you know it’s time for SEC football.
There’s nothing quite like hearing Lundquist introduce the biggest game of the weekend with the SEC on CBS theme music to get everyone ready for a slugfest in the nation’s top conference.
Lundquist, the longtime play-by-play voice of the SEC on CBS, will be honored for his work with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports at the 37th annual Sports Emmy Awards, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.
The fan-proclaimed “Uncle Verne” has been a staple of SEC football since joining CBS Sports 35 years ago.
Lundquist, who also has made a name for himself on CBS’ coverage of the Masters and the NCAA Basketball Tournament, is often the subject of comedic conversations regarding the way he calls games and his cackling laugh that comes along with it. But there’s no denying he’s an iconic figure in sports broadcasting.
Love him or hate him, Lundquist’s voice means SEC football is right around the corner, and after years of memorable calls from legendary games, he’s getting some recognition of his own.