Bob Goodrich was an All-American football player who has become one of television’s most respected sports producers.

Early life Edit

Growing up in Dallas, Texas, Bob Goodrich played football and was an All-American for Woodrow Wilson High School, from which he graduated in 1963. Goodrich was inspired by his father, who was a Methodist minister and bishop who hosted and produced the live weekly television show The Pastor Calls.

College Edit

Although Bob Goodrich was offered 50–60 scholarships from schools around the country, Goodrich chose to play college football in his hometown for the renowned Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. Here, Goodrich received his bachelor's degree in psychology as well as played tight end on the SMU team that won the 1966 Southwest Conference (SWC) Championship and played in the 1967 Cotton Bowl Classic.

Career Edit

ABC Sports Edit

Goodrich started his career in 1970 at ABC Sports. He began working for ABC on a part-time basis, performing various duties on different sports telecasts. In addition to the hands-on experience he gained, Goodrich learned about the business from the legendary sports broadcasting pioneer Roone Arledge. Goodrich joined ABC Sports full-time in 1971 as a production assistant, becoming an associate producer in 1973 before being elevated to full producer in 1976.

Goodrich was producer of ABC’s NFL’s Monday Night Football from 1980-86. As a tribute to the work done on Monday Night Football, authors Bill Carter and Marc Gunther wrote Monday Night Mayhem, which became a made-for-TV movie of the same name that documents the creation of ABC’s Monday Night Football in 1970, and how the program rose to the top of the ratings, becoming an American television institution in the process. In this film, actor Brennan Brown portrayed Bob Goodrich, and Bob worked as a consultant on the film.

Goodrich was the producer for the Monday Night Footballgame on Monday, December 8, 1980, the night John Lennon was killed. Goodrich relayed the news to Howard Cosell, who memorably informed the television audience of Lennon's death.

Among the many highlights during Goodrich’s career at ABC Sports was serving as the producer for the network’s first-ever coverage of the Super Bowl, Super Bowl XIX, in January 1985 in Stanford, California. He also produced the Super Bowl XXV pre-game and halftime programs in Tampa, Florida in 1991.

Goodrich spearheaded ABC Sports’ coverage of college football as a producer for 22 years, and as coordinating producer for 12. In addition, he produced ABC Sports’ live coverage of the Indianapolis 500 for 16 consecutive years, having previously co-produced the network’s coverage of the world’s greatest auto race for seven years. He also served as a coordinating producer of the 1998 World Cup of Soccer (FIFA WORLD CUP).

For ABC's broadcasts of the Olympic Games, Goodrich was the producer of the basketball coverage at the 1976 Summer Olympics, the hockey coverage at the 1976 Winter Olympics and again at the 1984 Winter Olympics, speed skating at Lake Placid at the 1980 Winter Olympics, gymnastics in Los Angeles at the 1984 Summer Olympics and the Alpine coverage for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

During his career, Goodrich also produced ABC’s major golf championship coverage including the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship and many of the PGA Tour events. He also produced a variety of [Wide World of Sports] events, including the World Track & Field Championships, World Alpine Skiing Championships, boxing and other auto racing. Goodrich also served as producer for the North American Soccer League and ABC’s Monday Night Baseball telecasts. In addition to his successful career as a producer, Goodrich has also directed golf, auto racing and football telecasts.

Goodrich is currently a freelance television producer, director, and consultant for companies including ABC/ESPN, NFL Network, and SEC Network.

Throughout his career, Goodrich has had the good fortune of working with some of greats of sports broadcasting, including Howard Cosell, Jim McKay, Brent Musburger, Keith Jackson, Bob Griese, Jack Whitaker, Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Brad Nessler, Paul Maguire, Chris Schenkel, Al Trautwig, and Chris Fowler.

Sportscast Stars Training Edit

Pursuing a shared passion with his wife, Annie Hoffman Goodrich, they founded Sportscast Stars Training in 2008, a company that provides media training and coaching to professional athletes who want to get into broadcasting and athletes who need help dealing with the media. They also work with broadcasters, producers, and executives who want help improving their position in the broadcast industry. They have provided media training and coaching to corporate and non-profit executives as well as coaches and athletic administrators.

Awards and recognition Edit

In 2014 Goodrich was on the list of the 500 Most Famous Dallasites Dead or Alive. While working as a graphics runner in 1970 for ABC Sports, he along with the stats person, Jerry Kapstein, invented two graphic stats - Time of Possession and Third Down Conversions which have been used for over 40 years. Goodrich has received 16 Sports Emmy Awards, most recently as a producer for the 1990 Indy 500 coverage, which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Special. He also captured two Emmys as a co-producer of ABC’s coverage of the 1982 and 1989 Indianapolis 500. Goodrich also received one Emmy each as a producer for ABC’s coverage of the 1984 and 1976 Summer Olympics; one each for coverage of the 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympics; one as a producer for ABC’s NCAA Football series and five as a producer on ABC’s Wide World of Sports (1975, 1976, 1986, 1989 and 1990).

In addition to the 16 Sports Emmy Awards Goodrich has won, he has also been nominated for 29 additional Sports Emmy Awards, including a 2006 nomination for his work on ESPN College Football.

Goodrich has been recognized for his accomplishments during his high school football career at Woodrow Wilson High Schoolin Dallas, Texas by being inducted into the Texas Sports High School Hall of Fame in May 2009. Also in 2009, he was inducted into Woodrow Wilson High School’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his excellence as a student as well as his excellence as an athlete and for his lifetime of professional achievements.

Credits (partial) Edit

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