Celebrity Guest Speakers
ESPN Radio’s Mike Golic
Mike Golic, half of ESPN Radio’s weekday morning Mike & Mike, plays the role of ex-jock, former NFLer to Mike Greenberg. The show (6 – 10 a.m. ET), simulcast on TV since 2004, is available on ESPN Radio and ESPN affiliates across the country.
“Golic,” as he is referred to, joined ESPN in 1995 as an NFL studio analyst on NFL 2Night and later on NFL Live and also worked as color commentator for the Arena Football League (1996-98, 2007-08) and ESPN/ABC college football games until the mid-nineties.
Golic is a nine-year NFL veteran, playing defensive tackle for the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. During his seven years in Philadelphia, he began his television career with a weekly segment on the Randall Cunningham Show. He received a Mid-Atlantic Region Emmy Award for his feature “Golic’s Got It.”
Golic and Greenberg have parlayed their winning formula to team on a variety of ESPN TV and radio programs:
- Co-host with Greenberg, Mike & Mike’s Best of the NFL on ESPN (Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m.)
- Announced and played in Legends Game at Yankees Stadium in ‘08 and St. Louis in ‘09
- Appeared as “guest conductors” at Wrigley Field, leading Cubs fans in singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” multiple times
- Appeared in two motion pictures with Greenberg, Valentine’s Day and Just Wright
- Served as guest emcee at White House Tee Ball game on the South Lawn and attended official White House dinner in July 2008
- Received Sports Emmy in new-media category — Achievement in Content for Non-Traditional Delivery
In April 2010, Golic, along with Greenberg, released Mike & Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life which reached number 3 on the N.Y. Times Best Sellers List.
Golic has also been part of ESPN Radio major feats: along with co-host Greenberg they staged the network’s largest-ever promotion – “Mike & Mike’s Marriage Madness” — in which 500 couples applied for the chance to be married on the show.
In December 2005, the Mikes were featured in ESPN Radio’s first national, broadcast promos.
Born December 12, 1962, Golic is a 1985 graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he served as captain of the football team during his senior season and wrestled. Golic is married with three children.
The playing field at Memorial Stadium is called Tom Osborne Field in honor of a man, who in 25 seasons as Nebraska head coach, built a total program based on more than winning.
Osborne was named Nebraska’s head coach following the 1972 season and under his direction, the program achieved remarkable success, exceeding any in its rich history. Osborne’s 25-year coaching career came to a poetic end in the 1998 Orange Bowl. In his final game, the Huskers defeated No. 3 Tennessee, 42-17, giving Osborne a share of a third national title in four seasons. The victory left Osborne as the first coach in college football history to retire as a reigning national champion. He also left the sideline with the nation’s best active winning percentage (.836, 255-49-3), a mark that still ranks sixth all-time among Division I coaches.
Osborne guided the Huskers to back-to-back national titles in 1994 and 1995, and then capped his career by sharing the 1997 title with Michigan. Nebraska’s back-to-back national titles in 1994 and 1995 made Osborne the first coach to accomplish that feat since Bear Bryant in 1978-79.
Under Osborne, Nebraska became just the second school all time to post back-to-back perfect national championship seasons. In fact, Osborne’s last five Nebraska teams put together the best five-year run in college football history with an amazing 60-3 record, including five consecutive 11-win seasons.
Osborne-coached Nebraska teams captured 13 conference crowns, including six of his final seven seasons as head coach. All 25 of his Husker teams won at least nine games and played in a bowl, with 15 of his Husker teams winning 10 or more games. Osborne’s 255 career victories are the eighth-most all-time among major college football coaches.
His achievements were so highly regarded that the National Football Foundation waived its three-year waiting period so that he could be inducted into its Hall of Fame in December of 1998. He is one of only four coaches in history to have the mandatory three-year waiting period waived.
In the classroom, Osborne’s teams were just as successful as they were on the field. Under Osborne’s guidance, the Husker football program totaled 65 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards in 25 years, averaging more than two selections per season. To put Osborne’s dedication to developing complete student-athletes in perspective, he accumulated more football Academic All-Americans in his 25 years as coach than any other football program in the nation has produced in its history, as Notre Dame has produced the second-most football academic All-Americans all-time, totaling 50 selections dating back to 1952.