Female broadcasters pay tribute to late Phyllis George
Phyllis George died on Thursday at the age of 70, and the word spread online Saturday. Many paid tribute to George, the former beauty queen who became the first woman on an NFL broadcast.
George began working on “The NFL Today” in 1975 and helped pave the way for women to be a part of national sports telecasts. Numerous female broadcasters paid tribute to George via Twitter, thanking her for what she did.
— Beth Mowins (@bethmowins) May 17, 2020
So sad to hear the news about Phyllis George. She was an early inspiration for me. She had it all — brains, beauty, grace and the kind of tenacity she needed for that era. Just 70 — way too young. I will always remember her as a pioneer. #RIP
— Michele Tafoya (@Michele_Tafoya) May 16, 2020
Rest In Peace Phyllis George . A true pioneer who approached her job with enthusiasm, empathy and humour. She was herself-charming and funny ..helped her audiences connect with some of the great sports figures of the day. Condolences to her family & all who loved her.
— Hannah Storm (@HannahStormESPN) May 16, 2020
RIP Phyllis George, without you there would be no US. We stood on your shoulders, thank you https://t.co/3y3rauR89g
— Amber Theoharis (@AmberTheoharis) May 17, 2020
All women in sports broadcasting should be grateful for the career and life of Phyllis George. She was the first woman to cohost “The NFL Today.” Thank you for being one of the first and an icon for many to follow. pic.twitter.com/rYnXuws4rI
— Sophia Minnaert (@SophiaMinnaert) May 17, 2020
Brent Musburger, who was the host of “The NFL Today” when George was on the show, also shared a statement on George’s death.
George died from a blood disorder she had been battling since her thirties.