Buffalo Bills fans of a certain age will no doubt remember watching their team head to four straight Super Bowls and all the great games the team played during that run. The man who relayed all the information to viewers during that time, NBC play-by-play man Dick Enberg, passed away at age 82 on Thursday.
As the top announcer on NBC, which at the time held the rights to broadcast AFC games, Enberg called many regular season Bills games during the 1980s and 1990s if he didn’t have other commitments hosting Olympic, tennis, or other coverage for the network. It also meant Enberg called some of the greatest games in Bills history including all four AFC Championship game wins. Enberg was also on the microphone for Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII, both against the Dallas Cowboys.
When NBC lost rights to broadcast the AFC following the 1997 season, Enberg didn’t make the jump until 2000.
While not as long of a run, Bills fans heard Enberg’s voice nearly as much as New England Patriots fans today hear the voice of Jim Nantz, the top CBS play-by-play man of his day. At a time when the Bills were regularly great, they would get the best man calling their games and none did it better than Enberg.
Here are some of Enberg’s calls on big Bills games: