Mike Patrick

Mike Patrick

Mike Patrick (born September 9, 1944) is an American sportscaster.


  • Career 1
    • Other ESPN assignments 1.1
    • Non ESPN-related assignments 1.2
  • Personal 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Patrick began his broadcasting career in the fall of 1966 at WVSC-Radio in Somerset, Pa. In 1970, he was named Sports Director at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., where he provided play-by-play for Jacksonville Sharks' World Football League telecasts (1973–74). He also called Jacksonville University basketball games on both radio and television.[1] Since 1975, he has worked for WJLA-TV, Jefferson-Pilot and ESPN, where he is best known for his role as play-by-play announcer on the network's Sunday Night Football with Paul Maguire and Joe Theisman telecasts from 19872005.[2] He was briefly replaced in 2004 by Pat Summerall, while Patrick recovered from heart bypass surgery.

Patrick is known for his catchphrases "holy cow" and "are you kidding me?" whenever a spectacular play is made, as well as the opening comment "it's great to have you with us".

Other ESPN assignments

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 ESPN College Football Primetime along with Todd Blackledge and field reporter Holly Rowe. In July 2009, ESPN announced that Patrick will be teamed with former SMU running back Craig James and Heather Cox on a Saturday ESPN on ABC college football announcing team for the 2009 College Football Season.

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

Non ESPN-related assignments

Mike also did the play-by-play of Atlantic Coast Conference Football and Basketball games for Jefferson-Pilot (now Lincoln Financial Sports) between 1984 and 1986.

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

Mike does some play-by-play for the Cleveland Browns preseason football games. He previously called pre-season games for the Washington Redskins.


A Northern Virginia with his wife Janet. Patrick entered the $10,000 Omaha 8 or Better World Championship and the $3000 HORSE events of the 2009 World Series of Poker, but did not cash in either tournament.


  1. ^ Elliott, Jeff (18 April 2009). "ESPN'S Mike Patrick to receive JU honor". Jacksonville.com. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  2. ^ '06 night teams just about set

External links

  • Mike Patrick's ESPN Bio
Preceded by
NFL play-by-play broadcaster on Sunday Night Football
Succeeded by
Al Michaels
Preceded by
Ron Franklin
ESPN play-by-play broadcaster on Saturday Night College Football Primetime
Succeeded by
Brad Nessler
Preceded by
Sean McDonough
play-by-play announcer, NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship
Succeeded by
Dave O'Brien