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Legendary Sports Announcer Has Passed Away At 95

A detail view of an NFL football as the Buffalo Bills play the Washington Redskins at FedExField.

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A legendary American sportscaster has reportedly passed away at the age of 95 today.

Jack Whitaker, a legendary broadcaster who called Super Bowl 1 for CBS, died in his sleep of natural causes on Sunday morning.

CBS announced the news:

Jack Whitaker, legendary sportscaster and World War II veteran, died Sunday morning in his sleep in Devon, Pennsylvania, of natural causes. He was 95 years old.

Whitaker was a CBS Sports announcer for 22 years, starting in the late 1950s. He covered everything from football and horse racing to golf. Whitaker called Super Bowl I for CBS Sports as well as the 1973 Triple Crown Race with Secretariat emerging victorious. After his time at CBS Sports, Whitaker worked at ABC Sports.

Whitaker is one of the most-accomplished broadcasters in American sports history.

Jim Nantz, CBS' lead sportscaster today, released the following statement:

"When I first met Jack Whitaker in 1986 at Pebble Beach, I felt like I had just been introduced to Ernest Hemingway," Nantz said. "I grew up watching him deliver contemplative and contextual prose with his famous short essays, bringing class and dignity to his industry. He was enormously proud to have called Super Bowl I for CBS and was the last surviving network commentator from that landmark game. I spoke to him this week after hospice came to his home and his mind was still brilliantly sharp right to the end."

Rest in peace, Jack.