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Patrick began his broadcasting career in the fall of 1966 at WVSC-Radio in Somerset, Pa. In 1970, he was named Sports Director at WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., where he provided play-by-play for Jacksonville Sharks' World Football League telecasts (1973–74). He also called Jacksonville University basketball games on both radio and television. Since 1975, he has worked for WJLA-TV, Jefferson-Pilot and ESPN, where he is best known for his role as play-by-play announcer on the network's Sunday Night Football with Paul Maguire and Joe Theisman telecasts from 1987–2005. He was briefly replaced in 2004 by Pat Summerall, while Patrick recovered from heart bypass surgery.
Patrick is known for his catchphrases "holy cow" and "are you kidding me?" whenever a spectacular play is made, as well as the opening comment "it's great to have you with us".
Other ESPN assignments
He has also called college football, men's and women's college basketball, and the College World Series for the network, as well as several NFL playoff games for ABC Sports while the network held the Monday Night Football television package.
In 2006, Patrick became the lead play-by-play announcer for ESPN on ESPN College Football Primetime along with Todd Blackledge and field reporter Holly Rowe. In July 2009, ESPN announced that Patrick will be teamed with former SMU running back Craig James and Heather Cox on a Saturday ESPN on ABC college football announcing team for the 2009 College Football Season.
Mike also did the play-by-play of Atlantic Coast Conference Football and Basketball games for Jefferson-Pilot (now Lincoln Financial Sports) between 1984 and 1986.
Mike is the play-by-play man for MVP 06: NCAA Baseball as well as MVP 07: NCAA Baseball.
A Clarksburg, West Virginia native and graduate of George Washington University, Patrick resides in Northern Virginia with his wife Janet. Patrick entered the $10,000 Omaha 8 or Better World Championship and the $3000 HORSE events of the 2009 World Series of Poker, but did not cash in either tournament.
- Elliott, Jeff (18). "ESPN'S Mike Patrick to receive JU honor". Jacksonville.com. http://jacksonville.com/sports/college/jacksonville_dolphins/2009-04-18/story/espns_mike_patrick_to_receive_ju_honor. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
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1987 – 2005