Legendary CBS announcer Jim Nantz is having the time of his life right now.
Barring a disaster, Nantz — a sports media superstar — is a few weeks away from calling his sixth Super Bowl. Nantz has spent the last few months calling the strangest NFL season in modern history.
Jim Nantz is a broadcasting legend
A graduate of the University of Houston, Jim Nantz joined CBS Sports in 1985.
For over 35 years, Nantz has greeted viewers on everything from Super Bowl games to The Masters. Nantz has been CBS’ No. 1 announcer on NFL games since 2004, when he formed a partnership with former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms.
Nantz and Simms worked together through the end of the 2016 season, calling four Super Bowls and creating plenty of memorable moments.
In addition to his NFL success, Nantz is one of only four announcers to call both a Super Bowl and an NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game. Curt Gowdy, Dick Enberg, and Kevin Harlan are the other three to accomplish that feat.
Nantz is headed to a broadcasting Hall of Fame
Jim Nantz is Hall of Fame-bound in the coming months.
The National Sports Media Association named Nantz and six others to its Hall on Monday, January 11. Nantz, Dick Stockton, and longtime California radio announcer Bill King represented the sportscasters elected.
The NSMA also elected four sportswriters, including legendary college football writer and sports columnist Rick Telander.
Nantz isn’t the only member of his broadcast team who is Hall of Fame-bound. Tony Romo was also elected to the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday.
Romo starred at Eastern Illinois, an FCS program, in the early 2000s.
The NSMA’s award weekend is tentatively scheduled for June 26-28 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Jim Nantz will call his sixth Super Bowl in February
Jim Nantz turns 62 in May, but he has shown no signs of slowing down.
Nantz will call his sixth Super Bowl in February at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. All that Nantz has said about his future is that he hopes to retire after the Masters in April 2036.
Nantz will call several more Super Bowls and plenty more golf tournaments at that pace and assuming nothing significant changes in the television rights deals.
For now, Nantz and his lead football broadcast team have an opportunity to finish strong. Barring any health problems, the trio of Nantz, Romo, and Wolfson have three more games together this season.