SEC on CBS play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist is in his final year of broadcasting. After this season, the 76-year-old will hand the baton to Brad Nessler and retire.
Well, Lundquist had some advice for Nessler: By virtue of calling games in the football-crazed SEC, you’re going to get a lot of criticism. You’ll get some praise, but you’ll definitely get a lot of criticism.
Don’t read it.
“I think the social media aspect of this cannot be overlooked,” Lundquist said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “This instant communication is something that I’m still trying to get used to because of my age and my lack of awareness. We’ve had fun with this, the fact that I do not have a Twitter account and I never will, but my brother sends me this stuff – both good and bad – because he’s really into it. Brad will be aware of that.”
Then again, Nessler, 60, probably already is.
“Brad has been a national telecaster for 25 years, at least, and he lives in Atlanta,” Lundquist said. “So he is certainly aware of the exposure this chair will give him. I hope he’s like me. I don’t read that stuff. I’m an avid reader of websites. I’m looking at my laptop right now. But when it gets to the commenter section, I just click to something else. We all say we don’t read that stuff and if you do read it, you get harpooned. I don’t care how tough you are. It’s sometimes tough to take.”