By HCR Staff | May 18, 2020
Saturday brought the sad news of Phyllis George’s passing. We send our condolences to all of her friends and family.
George was a tremendous and memorable addition to CBS’s coverage of the NFL in the 1970’s, and her talent showed the all-male decision-makers at the networks that a woman could enhance the coverage of America’s favorite sport.
What we remember best about George was her ability to simply be herself in front of the camera. It could not have been easy; George didn’t have a lot of training prior to her stint at CBS, but she quickly became a favorite of viewers as her intelligence, charm and geniality shone through the camera.
Think about the group of people she joined: Brent Musburger, Irv Cross, and Jimmy ‘the Greek’ Snyder. That’s a diverse group of personalities to work amongst and find an effective voice.
But George succeeded fantastically.
In her player interviews, we remember George asking questions that were more penetrating and personal than questions male interviewers might have asked. She seemed as if she truly wanted to get to know the players and coaches, and her talent often brought forth revealing answers.
Our recollection is that she didn’t seem to try to fit into the ‘jock’ world as much as she simply was herself and let others adjust to her. That was her real charm, and it made her all the more appealing and effective.
Thank you Phyllis George for gracing us with your talent, and thank you for making NFL telecasts a better product.