Dick Vitale is 80 years old and has spent half of his life working for ESPN. But it looks like he's ready to take his role as an analyst and broadcaster well into his twilight years.
On Wednesday, Michael McCarthy of Front Office Report revealed that Dickie V has signed a contract extension with ESPN through the 2021-22 season. Vitale is coming off his 40th season at ESPN, but said in an interview with McCarthy that he still feels young.
“But I feel as young as ever. I feel like 20, I act about 12. Then reality sets in when I look at the mirror. At my age, it can happen overnight. Bottom line? I feel really great. I don’t feel any different than when I was 45 or 50. I really don’t.”
After the report was published Dickie V took to Twitter to confirm the announcement, and expressed his delight at continuing to work for ESPN.
Prior to joining ESPN in 1979, Vitale spent nearly two decades coaching basketball at the high school, college, and NBA level.
Vitale has parlayed his success in broadcasting into several film roles where he has portrayed himself, and lent his voice to the 1994 video game Dick Vitale's "Awesome Baby" College Hoops.
We've certainly enjoyed covering Vitale and some of his sillier moments over the years.
Here's to many more Dickie V!