Mike Patrick

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


Patrick began his broadcasting career in the fall of 1966 at WVSC-Radio in Somerset, Pennsylvania. In 1970, he was named Sports Director at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Florida, where he provided play-by-play for Jacksonville Sharks' World Football League (WFL) 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 telecasts, with Paul Maguire and Joe Theismann from 19872005.[2] Patrick was briefly replaced in 2004 by Pat Summerall, while he recovered from heart bypass surgery.

Other ESPN assignments[edit]

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 College Football Primetime, along with Todd Blackledge and field reporter Holly Rowe. In July 2009, ESPN announced that Patrick would 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[edit]

Patrick also did the play-by-play of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) football and basketball games for Jefferson-Pilot (now Lincoln Financial Sports) between 1984 and 1986.

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

He also does some play-by-play for the Cleveland Browns preseason football games.[3] He previously called preseason games for the Washington Redskins.


A Clarksburg, West Virginia native and graduate of George Washington University, Patrick resides in 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. ^ Hiestand, Michael (July 27, 2005). "'06 night teams just about set". USA Today. Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ Reed, Tom (May 15, 2015). "ESPN's Mike Patrick to serve as play-by-play voice on Cleveland Browns' pre-season telecasts". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved August 3, 2016. 

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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