DeRogatis on a 1951 Bowman football card
|Date of birth||May 5, 1927|
|Place of birth||Newark, New Jersey|
|Date of death||December 26, 1995(aged 68)|
|Place of death||Spring Lake, New Jersey|
|NFL draft||1949 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14|
|1949–1952||New York Giants|
|Career highlights and awards|
Life and career
DeRogatis was born in Newark, New Jersey, and attended the city's Central High School, earning All-State honors at center. At Duke University, after a knee injury shortened his junior season, he made the 1948 All-America team as a tackle.
He was drafted the following year by the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) and played defensive tackle. He was an NFL All-Pro in both 1950 and 1951. A recurrence of the knee injury he suffered at Duke ended his playing career after four seasons of professional football. For thirty-three years beginning in 1953, he served as a vice president with Prudential Insurance.
From 1966 through 1975, the bespectacled DeRogatis served as a color commentator for professional and college football telecasts on NBC, primarily with Curt Gowdy on the network's top broadcast team for American Football League (later, American Football Conference) regular-season and playoff matches, Super Bowls III, VII and IX and several Rose Bowls. He also was paired with Jim Simpson to call a few Orange Bowls. Prior to joining NBC, DeRogatis had begun his broadcasting career working with Marty Glickman on New York football Giants radio broadcasts on WNEW-AM from 1960 through 1965. DeRogatis was among several veteran announcers who returned to call some NFL telecasts for NBC in September 1988, while many of the network's regular broadcasters were busy calling that year's Summer Olympics in Seoul.
DeRogatis can be heard with Gowdy calling a football game in the 1978 film Heaven Can Wait.
Upon his death in 1995, DeRogatis was eulogized in the Boston Globe as a prototype for what it means to be a gentleman, in the sense of displaying a gracious, polite, kind and generous nature. The Globe also published a picture of DeRogatis in the NBC booth together with Curt Gowdy and Don Meredith in the 2006: The year in photos series, after Curt Gowdy's death in 2006.
- via Associated Press. "Al DeRogatis, 68, Sports Broadcaster", The New York Times, December 28, 1995. Accessed July 14, 2011. "Al DeRogatis, a former defensive tackle for the New York Giants who achieved considerable popularity and recognition through his keen analysis of pro football games on radio and television, died of cancer on Tuesday at the Jersey Shore Medical Center. He was 68.... DeRogatis, who lived in Spring Lake, N.J., is survived by his wife of 45 years, Louise; two daughters, Mary Ann D'Agostino and Diane Hagen; two brothers, Pat and Michael; two sisters, Rose Mastracchio and Paula Mossucco, and five grandchildren."
- Masters of the Mic: NFL, Sports Illustrated news web site, retrieved June 23, 2007.
- 2006: The year in photos, The Boston Globe, retrieved June 23, 2007.