Bryant found himself in hot water when, in late August of 2006, he criticized then-commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Player Union President Gene Upshaw. He likened Upshaw to Tagliabue's personal pet and said that, because of that relationship, the NFL players didn't have the kind of guarantees that other professional athletes do.
Bryant has honorary doctorates from Xavier University, Providence College, Bates College, Clark Atlanta University, and College of the Holy Cross.
Bryant's work on "The Today Show" earned him four Emmy Awards.
Bryant was a sportswriter while in college. He wrote columns for the school paper, "The Bates Student."
As of February 2016, Bryant has had two spouses: June Carlyn Baranco (December 1, 1973 - August 21, 2001; divorced) and Hilary Quinlan (August 24, 2002 - present).
Bryant has two children: a son, Bradley Christopher (born: 1978), and a daughter, Jillian (born: 1984).
Among the awards Bryant has won are:
- Frederick D. Patterson Award from the United Negro College Fund
- Martin Luther King Award from the Congress of Racial Equality
- Edward Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting
- Peabody Award for his reporting in Vietnam
- Leadership Award from the African-American Institute
Bryant had a cameo in the movie "The Weather Man" starring Nicholas Cage.
Bryant became the co-host of CBS's "The Morning Show" on November 1, 1999. He left the show in 2002.
During his stint on "The Today Show," he had three different co-hosts: Jane Pauley, Deborah Norville and Katie Couric.
Bryant hosted the 1990 PGA Tour for NBC.
Bryant hosted the primetime coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics from Seoul, Korea.
Bryant hosted "Grandstand," an NFL pre-game show on NBC, with fellow announcer Jack Buck.
Gumbel's first job in TV was in October 1972 as a sportscaster for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.
He played baseball and football at college.
He is the younger brother of sportscaster Greg Gumbel.
While working for NBC news, Bryant appeared in a public service announcemnt for reading in NBC's The More You Know campaign.
Bryant was the co-host Katie Couric started out her Today show career with.
During coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin on "HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel"
Bryant: Finally, tonight, the Winter Games. Count me among those who don't like them and won't watch them. Because they're so trying, maybe over the next three weeks we should all try too. Like, try not to be incredulous when someone attempts to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world's greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention. Try not to point out that something's not really a sport if a pseudo-athlete waits in what's called a kiss-and-cry area, while some panel of subjective judges decides who won. So if only to hasten the arrival of the day they're done, when we can move on to March Madness - for God's sake, let the games begin.
Bryant: (to incoming NFL commissioner Roger Goodell) Before he cleans out his office, have Paul Tagliabue show you where he keeps Gene Upshaw's leash. By making the docile head of the players union his personal pet, your predecessor has kept the peace without giving players the kind of guarantees other pros take for granted. Try to make sure no one competent ever replaces Upshaw on your watch.
Bryant: The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.
Bryant: It's not that I dislike many people. It's just that I don't like many people.
Bryant: There is a lot to life, and a lot more than just television to life.
Bryant: (after the epic 1982 NFL playoff game between the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins) If you didn't like this football game then you didn't like football!