If you're a fan of college basketball, you know who Dick Vitale is. For decades, his name has been synonymous with college hoops at ESPN.
Today, it was announced that Vitale will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 40th Annual Sports Emmy's later this year. The event will be held May 20.
Vitale has been with ESPN since its outset, joining on for the 1979-80 college basketball season. He was previously induced into the National Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame last year.
Vitale reacted to his newest honor on Twitter today.
"Wow this has brought me to tears .To have my name on a list of the Who’s Who of sports broadcasting has given me goosebumps . Been blessed by the tv ppl @espn helping me so much in my 40 yrs/announcers/producers/directors/ppl behind the scenes/this honor belongs to ALL of you!" he wrote.
Vitale's announcing style might not be for everyone, but his passion and enthusiasm for the sport is unrivaled. The dude knows and loves the game inside and out.
This is an honor that is well-deserved. You can't tell the story of college basketball in general and on television in particular without mentioning Dickie V.