Love him or hate him, you have to respect broadcaster Joe Buck. Buck, who recently learned he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is about to embark on his busiest week of the year. From Sunday’s Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game to next Saturday’s Game 4 of the World Series, Buck will prove he’s the hardest-working man in sports.
Joe Buck is a Hall of Famer
It came as a surprise to him during Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season, but Joe Buck was delivered some pretty good news. During halftime of the Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns game, Buck watched a pre-recorded video that announced he would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Buck will join his late father, Jack, who received the same news in 1996.
Standing next to his longtime broadcasting partner, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, Buck was speechless. He was completely surprised by the honor. After seeing the video, Buck said, “I don’t even know what to say. That’s unbelievable.”
“Joe’s preparation for his games and his delivery in key moments of those games bring an added quality to the network’s production,” Hall of Fame president David Baker said. “Being named this year’s Rozelle Award winner is well-deserved recognition for over two decades of excellence in his craft. I know his dad would be proud.”
Joe Buck made history in 1994
Joe Buck has carried on the broadcasting gene very well. His father, Jack Buck, was a legendary broadcaster known for calling St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. Jack Buck was also a renowned football broadcaster, calling NFL games. He began in 1964 and called his last NFL game in 1990.
Joe Buck followed in his father’s footsteps. In 1994, he was hired by Fox and became the youngest man at age 25 to call a full slate of NFL games. In 1996, Buck also became Fox’s lead play-by-play announcer for its Major League Baseball telecasts. He has called 22 World Series. Buck has also called six Super Bowls.
According to Fox Sports, the Bucks are the only father and son to each call a Super Bowl on network television. Joe Buck was there to call Mark McGwire’s then-record 62nd home run. In 2014, Buck called his record-breaking 16th MLB All-Star Game, surpassing the legendary Curt Gowdy.
Buck is about to call seven games in seven days
Beginning Sunday, Joe Buck is about to show the world why he’s the hardest-working man in sports. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Buck will travel the country doing what he loves – broadcasting sporting events. His journey begins Sunday.
Buck will team with partner Troy Aikman to call Sunday’s NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. From there, he’ll fly to Buffalo for a rare Monday Night Football game. The Kansas City Chiefs play the Buffalo Bills in a 5 p.m. game that was rescheduled to Monday.
From Buffalo, Buck will fly to Arlington, Texas to call Games 1 and 2 of the World Series on Tuesday and Wednesday. It’s back to football for Buck on Thursday when the New York Giants play at the Philadelphia Eagles. Buck closes out the week by heading back to Arlington for Games 3 and 4 of the World Series on Friday and Saturday.