Bob Papa
Bob Papa NFL Network.jpg
Papa with the NFL Network
Born
Robert L. Papa

(1964-09-19) September 19, 1964 (age 58)
EducationFordham University, '86
OccupationSportscaster
TitleFootball commentator, play-by-play, Olympics
Children4

Robert L. Papa (born September 19, 1964) is an American sportscaster who is currently the radio play-by-play voice for the New York Giants of the National Football League. Papa also is the lead broadcaster for PGA Tour Champions events on Golf Channel and has been the blow-by-blow announcer on many professional boxing telecasts, notably for ESPN and for HBO’s Boxing After Dark series.

Biography

Early life

Papa grew up in Dumont, New Jersey, and graduated from Bergen Catholic High School in nearby Oradell.[1] He graduated from Fordham University in 1986.[2] His brother is comedian Tom Papa.[citation needed] He is not related to the San Francisco Bay Area sports broadcaster (and former long-time Oakland Raiders radio voice) Greg Papa.[3]

Career

New York Giants (1995–present)

He is best known as the radio play-by-play voice of the New York Giants, a position he has held since he replaced Jim Gordon prior to the 1995 season.[4]

He announces all 17 regular season games and all postseason games on the radio, and all of the team's pre-season games for WNBC in New York City and simulcast across the state. During his time with the Giants, he has called the team's victories in Super Bowl XLII[5] and Super Bowl XLVI,[6] as well as their loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.[7]

From 1988 to 1994, he worked on the Giants' pregame and postgame shows on the radio. His work with the Giants also includes his role as host of the YES Network's Giants Training Camp Report, and Giants Access Blue, Giants Chronicles, and Giants Online.[8]

Other Work

Additionally, Papa was the voice of Thursday Night Football on NFL Network until 2010. He files pregame and postgame reports from New York Giants games on Sundays for NFL GameDay Morning and contributes to NFL.com with columns, chats and reports. He works for the Golf Channel during the NFL off-season.[9]

In addition, he was added as a member for Golf Channel and has called boxing for HBO, SportsChannel America, ESPN, NBC, and Versus. Papa called the infamous November 23, 2001, match between James Butler and Richard Grant on Friday Night Fights.[10]

At fight's end, after Grant had been declared the winner, Butler sucker-punched Grant, breaking his jaw. Both Papa and his color commentator, Teddy Atlas, loudly called for both Butler's arrest,[11] and permanent suspension from boxing. Butler later pleaded guilty to the slaying of artist/writer Sam Kellerman.[12]

Papa was the radio voice for the New Jersey Nets on WOR for several years in the mid-1990s after Ian Eagle was promoted to television.[13]

From 198992, he was the studio host for NHL on SportsChannel America. Denis Potvin was his analyst. From 2008 to 2010, he did play-by-play on NFL games that took place on NFL Network before being replaced by Brad Nessler.[14]

Papa currently hosts "Airing It Out," along with Charlie Weis, on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

Olympics

A graduate of Fordham University, Papa, along with two more alumni, participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens.[15] Papa worked on NBC's coverage of the Olympics since 1992, as he covered boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

In 2002, he covered cross-country skiing[16] and curling. In 2010, he covered luge, skeleton, and bobsled. He served as the play by play announcer for NBC Sports coverage of Boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[17] He called Rugby at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[18][19]

Personal life

Papa has four sons: Christopher, Will, Nicholas, and Max.[20]

References

  1. ^ DiTrani, Vinny. "All's Well, Except In Booth", The Record (Bergen County), December 3, 1993; accessed February 5, 2008. "Jim Gordon is suffering from laryngitis, and will be replaced in the WOR-AM booth by Bergen Catholic product Bob Papa from Dumont."
  2. ^ Marchand, Andrew (2020-04-19). "How Fordham has produced a generation of sports media stars". New York Post. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  3. ^ Ask Bob Papa Archived November 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine NFL.com
  4. ^ "Bob Papa: Behind The Voice". Giants.com. 2016-11-12. Archived from the original on 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  5. ^ "Super Bowl Moments: No. 1". Giants.com. 2012-02-05. Archived from the original on 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  6. ^ "LIVE: Super Bowl XLVI - Giants vs. Patriots". NY Daily News. 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  7. ^ Raissman, Bob (2001-01-25). "Glickman Will Be Third Man In Papa'S Booth". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  8. ^ "TV and Web Schedule". Giants.com. 2016-08-01. Archived from the original on 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  9. ^ Leary, Thomas. "Weekend Plans With MSG Nets' Bob Papa: Giants, Golf Planning". sportsbusinessdaily.com. American City Business Journal, Inc. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  10. ^ Smith, Gary. "Max Kellerman is forever haunted by his brother's death". si.com. TI Gotham Inc., a subsidiary of Meredith Corporation. Sports Illustrated Group. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  11. ^ Fernandez, Bernard (2014-11-21). "The Tragedy of "The Harlem Hammer" Needn't Be Repeated So Often". The Sweet Science. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  12. ^ "Ex-Boxer Admits Killing Sportswriter". Articles.latimes.com. 2006-03-28. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  13. ^ "PLUS: BASKETBALL; Nets Pick Tripucka As Radio Analyst". Nytimes.com. 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  14. ^ "Raissman: NFL Network disrespects Papa". New York Daily News. 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  15. ^ "Behind The Mike". Articles.latimes.com. 2004-08-08. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  16. ^ Richard Sandomir (2002-02-05). "SALT LAKE CITY 2002: THE 19TH OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES; Live (Mostly), Prime Time And Shorter". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  17. ^ Medium Well: Your NBC Olympics lineup - A blog on sports media, news and networks Archived 2008-08-03 at the Wayback Machine, baltimoresun.com, July 2008.
  18. ^ "Bob Papa – Rugby Play-By-Play". NBC Sports Group Press Box. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  19. ^ Biodata, hbo.com; accessed April 13, 2017.
  20. ^ Zach Berman (2011-01-02). "A man of his words: Play-by-play is Bob Papa's work, love". NJ.com. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
Preceded byBryant Gumbel NFL Network play-by-play commentator 2008–2010 Succeeded byBrad Nessler