Al Michaels

Al Michaels


11/12/1944, Brooklyn, New York

Birth Name

Alan Richard Michaels


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Al Michaels is an American television sportscaster who is best known for his years on Monday Night Football. He is currently signed with NBC Sports to do this fall's Sunday Night Football along with John Madden. Al Michaels is one of the most respected members in his profession…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He was the announcer for Super Bowl XXII (1988), XXV (1991), XXIX (1995), XXXIV (2000), XXXVII (2003), and XL (2006).

    • Michaels has appeared on "ESPN SportsCentury" Sandy Koufax, "ESPN SportsCentury" Jim Brown and "ESPN SportsCentury" Hank Aaron.

    • Michaels was an announcer for Monday Night Baseball on ABC from 1976 to 1988.

    • Michaels does play-by-play commentary in the video game Madden NFL 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

    • Al Michaels was the lead broadcaster of the NBA on ABC back in the 2003-2004 season and 2004-2005 season and covered the NBA Finals both years.

    • Michaels is a conservative Republican and has been criticized for sometimes showing his Republican bias on the air during sports telecast.

    • He was named Hawaii's "Sportscaster of the Year" in 1969.

    • He began his broadcasting career in 1968 in Hawaii calling the games of the Hawaii Islanders baseball team in the Pacific Coast League.

    • He has won numerous awards during his career, including the Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality (Play-by-Play Host) four times, the NSSA Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association three times (he was also inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1998), and "Sportscaster of the Year" once each from the American Sportscasters Association and the Washington Journalism Review. In October 2004 he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    • He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Linda and their two children Steven and Jennifer.

    • In 1971 he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he became the lead announcer for the Cincinnati Reds.

    • He attended Arizona State University, where he majored in radio and television and minored in journalism.

    • Attended Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, California, where he was a football and baseball player.

    • He is one of two sportscasters to be a play-by-play voice or host for the championships of the four major American pro sports, having called the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Championships, and Stanley Cup Finals.

    • He is best known for his broadcast of the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic Ice Hockey game of the U.S. vs the Soviet Union, which culminated in his widely-quoted catchphrase, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes, Yes!"

    • He was the play-by-play announcer on Monday Night Football from 1986 to 2006.

  • Quotes

    • Al: There are a number of teams that would become vastly improved with Drew Bledsoe.

    • Al: The Miami Dolphins have to be taken seriously. Here's a team that seems to be jelling.

    • Al: Living here in southern California, I'll miss hearing Rocky Top for an entire week at the end of December. I was actually looking forward to it. Tennessee has a better fight song than Nebraska.

    • Al: If the Patriots feel that Tom Brady is their man and they want to dance the dance with him in the future, then Bledsoe will be expendable.

    • Al Michaels: It's funny, but when there are dominant teams, there are a number of people who rail about the fact that they're always seeing the Dallas Cowboys or the San Francisco 49ers or the Green Bay either in the playoffs or in the Super Bowl.

    • Al Michaels: I still believe Emmitt has enough left in the tank to be a productive back over the next couple of seasons.

    • Al Michaels: With his wealth of experience, and the knowledge he's obviously accumulated through the years, Emmitt Smith would be a much smarter runner at this point of his career.

    • Al Michaels: If there are dominant teams, people enjoy discussing whether that's good or bad for the game, and if there aren't any dominant teams, then people enjoy discussing that.

    • Al Michaels: Any time a running back reaches the age of 31 or 32, he has to lose a step. No one is a freak of nature. No one is going to be able to take the pounding a running back has to take over a 10 or 12 year career and not lose a step.

    • Al Michaels: But we're not supposed to talk anything besides football.

    • Al Michaels: The pitch . . . Deep to left and Downing goes back. And it's gone! Unbelievable! You're looking at one for the ages here. Astonishing! Anaheim Stadium was one strike away from turning into Fantasyland! And now the Red Sox lead 6-5! The Red Sox get four runs in the ninth on a pair of two-run homers by Don Baylor and Dave Henderson.

    • Al Michaels: I feel like I'm a creature of Monday night. I'm home and I'm staying home.