Verne Lundquist Biography
- Age: 77 years old
- Birth Nation: United States of America
- Name: Verne Lundquist
- Birth Name: Merton Laverne Lundquist, Jr
- Nick Name: Verne
- Nationality: American
- Birth Place/City: Duluth, Minnesota
- Ethnicity: White Ethnicity
- Profession: Sportscaster
- Working For: CBS Sports
- Eye Color: Blue
- Face Color: White
- Married: Yes
- Married to: Nancy Lundquist (m. 1982), Kathy Vernon (m. 1972), Patricia Lundquist (m. 1967)
- Children: N/A
- Divorce: Kathy Vernon , Patricia Lundquist
- Education: Texas Lutheran University
- Awards: Not Yet
- Online Presence: Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia 17
Verne Lundquist is a prominent American Sports caster who has worked in many networks in his lifetime. Currently Verne is the lead play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports coverage of college football. He is also the network’s coverage of NCAA Basketball which includes NCAA Men’s division Basketball Championship. His exciting commentaries are worldwide famous. Lundquist has also won several awards for his commentary which includes being inducted into National Sportscaster and Sportswriter Association Hall of Fame. Verne also does commentaries for the Masters and the PGA Championship among various other PGA TOUR events.
Merton Laverne “Verne” Lundquist, Jr. was born on 17th July 1940 in Duluth, Minnesota. Verne joined from Austin High School based in Austin, Texas. After graduating from Austin, Verne went on to attend Texas Lutheran University. While in Texas, Verne was one of the founders of the Omega Tau Fraternity in 1958 and is now one of the members of the Board of Regents for his alma mater. He graduated from Texas Lutheran University in 1962. Verne was much interested in becoming a broadcaster and thus began his career as a sports anchor for WFAA based in Dallas. At the meantime Verne began working for KTBC in Austin and also became the radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys. In 1967 Verne went on to join the Cowboys Radio Network. He worked with Cowboys Radio Network till 1984 season. Verne went on to capture their second NFL title in Super Bowl XII with current play-by-play fellow Brad Sham. On a national level Lundquist worked for ABC Sports in 1974 and left in 1981. Later he moved to CBS in 1982. He worked in CBS till 1995 then shifted to TNT cable which he left in 1997. Then again in 1998 Verne returned to work for CBS. While in ABC Station Verne was a commentator for the sports show titled Bowling for Dollars in Dallas which aired on weekday evenings in WFAA-TV from 6:30-7:00 in north central Texas. In the 4 seasons he interviewed Cowboys players and their first head coach Tom Landry. Verne currently works as a ply-by-play commentator for CBS college football and also college basketball which includes NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. He also does play-by-play for PGA Tour golf which includes The Masters and PGA Championship tournament. Verne has been actively playing as the voice of NFL games for CBS, NBA games for CBS network and TNT and TNT’s Sunday Night Football telecasts. On Seattle Seahawks preseason games from 2006-2008 also Verne called television play-by-play as his commentary is loved by all. Especially Verne’s patented belly laugh and his catching gusto for the events that he covers have man his one of the most celebrated personality on network television. Verne was also the announcer for figure skating events in 1992, 1994 and 1998 when the Winter Olympics rights were held by CBS and TNT networks. On ABC’s Pro Bowlers Tour in 1978 when Chris Schenkel was not able to appear due to some problem, Verne became the backup and turned up in Grand Prairie, Texas. Verne has twice done the TNT’s coverage of the PGA Championship in 2006.
Verne Lundquist was featured as himself in the 1996 motion picture Happy Gilmore where he was seen commenting on the golf games. He was also a play-by-play announcer in the video game titled NBA Live ’98. He is also an announcer in the College Hoops 2K8 video game. One of Verne’s most famous phrases stands as “How , do you Do!” which he uses on a huge offensive or defensive play . He acquired this phrase from USC football broadcaster Pete Arbogast. His various other famous commentaries are “Oh My Gosh!” and “Oh My Goodness” which have been well mimicked at times. Verne was named as Texas Sportscaster of the Year from 1977 to 1983 by National Sportscaster and Sportswriter Association during Verne’s time in Dallas. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. He was inducted into the Sun Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005 Sun Bowl. Verne delivered the commencement address at Hampden-Sydney College in May 2012.
Verne Lundquist who is affectionately known as “The Golden Throat” is 74 years old and although his net worth is not much revealed, looking at his unbeaten career he undoubtedly earns a huge salary. Verne has married three times till date, beginning in 1967 with Patricia. The couple eventually got divorced in 1971. He got married to his second wife Kathy Vernon the very next year of his first divorce. After 8 years of marriage with Kathy, Verne went for a divorce. Then in 1982 He got married to Bette Lorraine Higgins and has a child named Vaughan Matthew Lundquist with her. Verne is an active on-air personality who is happily living with his wife and children in Colorado.
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