Brent Musburger gets it all the time. Fans will walk up to the legendary broadcaster and ask him the best game he’s been apart of.
His answer is always the same.
“Whatever is next is the most important. I hope that is going to be the best game I’ve ever been around,’” Musburger told Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch during a recent SI Media Podcast.
Musburger will have plenty of “nexts,” as he recently signed a multi-year extension with ESPN to remain the play-by-play announcer with SEC Network. He has been in sports since the 1970s when he started doing play-by-play for CBS Sports, covering everything from Super Bowls to the Little League World Series.
Despite turning 77 years old on May 26, Musburger has no plans of retirement in the near future.
“I’m not going to retire. That’s just not going to happen. I take those AARP mailings that I get frequently and I throw them in the nearest waste basket. There are guys who have to get up and drive trucks 400 or 500 miles a day and then have to back those 18-wheelers up into a garage door and unload and need to get back on the road and keep moving. Other guys go to the mines. Some people herd cattle out here in Montana. Hard labor. I’ve been blessed, I’ve been lucky and been around sports. I enjoy it so there was absolutely no way for me to walk away from it.”
After the two finished discussing the play-by-play announcer’s career, the duo delved into the subject of gambling. Deitsch pointed out that Musburger often talks about point spreads during his broadcast, which prompted an interesting take from the 77-year-old.
“It has been a very big part of professional sports growth,” Musburger said. “We have always had college football through the years and we’ve hardcore people want to know what the spread is and over/under. But I am really of the opinion that the NFL wouldn’t be as big today had it not been for gambling throughout the decades that helped fuel the success.”