It's hard to believe, but there was once a time in this country when professional football was not actually that big of a deal. Some of the early championship games wouldn't even sell out. Baseball was America's pastime, and college football was our nation's gridiron tradition.
And yet, the sport grew and grew through the years, becoming the monolithic entity we know today as the National Football League.
What does all of that have to do with a list of great announcers?
There are many reasons for the growth in popularity of the NFL, but none is more important than television. Pro football is a made-for-TV event, and the better technology has become, the more enjoyable the game has been to watch. Think about how important TV is to the NFL: The only thing keeping fans from actually going to the games is the ability to watch them from the comfort of their homes.
The NFL seems to break television ratings records every year, and the billions upon billions of dollars they rake in from their media partners have turned the NFL into one of the most powerful businesses on the planet.
While the league truly owes its success to pioneering media geniuses like Roone Arledge and Steve Sabol (to name two of many), it's the television and radio broadcasters who are welcomed into millions of homes every weekend.
Who are the best of the bunch?
In the long and illustrious history of the game—from the Greatest Game Ever Played to the Ice Bowl to The Catch—we thought it would be interesting to look at which announcers rank as the best in professional football history.
(This ranking is part of a series. The first installment was college football announcers.)