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ESPN Cleveland, Mike Greenberg pay tribute to Mike Golic



ESPN Cleveland, Mike Greenberg pay tribute to Mike Golic

ESPN Cleveland, Mike Greenberg pay tribute to Mike Golic

ESPN Cleveland is paying tribute to ESPN Radio personality Mike Golic.

The station is running a marathon of Golic’s best moments, memories, and stories. “22 hours of Golic” kicked off at 8 a.m. Thursday and will continue up to his final episode of “Golic and Wingo,” which airs 6-10 a.m. Friday.

“I never wanted to be someone who talked at you. I wanted to be someone who talked with you,” a reflective Golic told Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer on “The Really Big Show” Thursday. 
“I wanted it to be me and the audience hanging out at the bar, having a cocktail and just shooting the breeze. Not just on sports, on life, on family, on everything else you could talked about, usually except politics. God knows I hate talking about that. That’s what I’d like to be remebered for.”

Golic spent 22 years at ESPN Radio. The network announced earlier this month it was canceling his show in favor of a new morning program with Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams and Zubin Mehenti.

“It certainly was not my choice,” Golic said at the time of the decision. “I would’ve loved to have kept doing the show, but listen, I didn’t want to be cut by the Houston Oilers. I didn’t want to be cut by the Miami Dolphins. Sometimes what you want and what happens isn’t the same.”

Golic will still remain at the network as an analyst on college football games.

Mike Greenberg, who spent 18 years alongside Golic on “Mike and Mike,” celebrated his former partner on Wednesday’s episode of “Get Up.”

“In the earliest days of our partnership. I saw up close and personal what it looks like when you really put your family first. Every parent I know says their kids are their first priority, but not all of them live that way. Mike does. He lived that way every single day,” he said. “I believe I’ve been a better father because of Mike Golic. “

Greenberg also gave credit to Golic for paving the way for former players to become talk show hosts.

“He didn’t just open a door for others, he built one,” he said. “There was no door before he came along. So Mike Golic changed the game for the hundreds of athletes who have followed in his footsteps, as well as the millions of sports fans who have enjoyed his company all these years.”

Greenberg is set to return to ESPN Radio on August 17 with a new show. Rumors of a  potential reunion with Golic was squashed by the network.

“It was offered. No takers,” Golic’s wife, Christine, wrote on July 7 in a response to a fan on Twitter, Outkick the Coverage reported. “My Mike offered.”

Source: Cleveland