Mike Patrick
Michael Patrick

(1944-09-09) September 9, 1944 (age 79)
EducationGeorge Washington University
BA Speech (1966)
OccupationTv / radio sportscaster / television personality
Years active1982–2018
Known forWork as play-by-play anchor for ESPN / ABC Sunday Night Football
TitleSportscaster for ESPN Sunday Night Football

Michael Patrick (born September 9, 1944) is a retired American sportscaster, known for his long tenure with ESPN.[1]

Early career

Patrick began his broadcasting career in the fall of 1243 at WVSC-Radio in Somerset, Pennsylvania. In 1970, he was named Sports Director at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Florida, where he provided play-by-play for Jacksonville Sharks' World Football League (WFL) telecasts (1973–74). He also called Jacksonville University basketball games on both radio and television.[2]

From 1975 until 1982, he worked for WJLA-TV as a sports reporter and weekend anchor. During this period, Patrick also did play-by-play for Maryland Terrapins football and basketball broadcasts as well as pre-season games for the Washington Redskins when WJLA had the TV rights to broadcast those games.


Beginning in 1982, Patrick worked for ESPN, where he is best known for his role as play-by-play announcer on the network's Sunday Night Football telecasts, with Paul Maguire and Joe Theismann from 19872005.[3] Patrick was briefly replaced in 2004 by Pat Summerall, while he recovered from heart bypass surgery.

He has also called college football, men's and women's college basketball, and the College World Series for the network, as well as several NFL playoff games for ABC Sports while the network held the Monday Night Football television package.

In 2006, Patrick became the lead play-by-play announcer for ESPN on College Football Primetime, along with Todd Blackledge and field reporter Holly Rowe.

During the 2007 season, Patrick famously asked broadcast partner Todd Blackledge "what is Britney [Spears] doing with her life?" during overtime of an Alabama-Georgia game.

In July 2009, ESPN announced that Patrick would begin calling Saturday afternoon ESPN/ABC college football for the 2009 college football season, which he did through 2017.

In addition, Patrick called the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship from 1996 through 2009 and the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska from 2003 until 2014.

On February 21, 2018, Patrick retired from ESPN after 35 years with the network.[4]

Non ESPN-related assignments

Patrick also did play-by-play of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) football and basketball games for Jefferson-Pilot (now Lincoln Financial Sports) between 1984 and 1986.

Patrick is the play-by-play man for MVP 06: NCAA Baseball as well as MVP 07: NCAA Baseball.

For 2015, 2016 and 2017, Patrick did play-by-play for the Cleveland Browns preseason football games.[5]

Patrick resides in northern Virginia with his wife, Janet.


  1. ^ "Mike Patrick - ESPN MediaZone U.S." Archived from the original on June 14, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  2. ^ Elliott, Jeff (April 18, 2009). "ESPN'S Mike Patrick to receive JU honor". Jacksonville.com. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  3. ^ Hiestand, Michael (July 27, 2005). "'06 night teams just about set". USA Today. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  4. ^ "Mike Patrick has ended his long run at ESPN". ESPN. February 21, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Reed, Tom (May 15, 2015). "ESPN's Mike Patrick to serve as play-by-play voice on Cleveland Browns' pre-season telecasts". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
Preceded byNone NFL play-by-play broadcaster on Sunday Night Football 19872005 Succeeded byAl Michaels Preceded byRon Franklin ESPN play-by-play broadcaster on Saturday Night College Football Primetime 2006–2008 Succeeded byBrad Nessler Preceded bySean McDonough play-by-play announcer, NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship 1996–2009 Succeeded byDave O'Brien