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Sandusky Brings Tiger Flavor To Super Bowl
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 02/02/2013
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NEW ORLEANS, La. - When Gerry Sandusky played football for the Towson football team, he had a post-game ritual on the road. After a Tiger victory, he would head to the back of the team bus and conduct an imaginary post-game show, interviewing the stars of the game.

It was such great entertainment that Gerry later speculated, "I think Coach (Phil) Albert only brought me along so I could keep the guys happy. After all, I was the fourth string tight end and we didn't even have a fourth string."

Gerry's back-of-the-bus post-game show may have been the start of a promising career for him.

On Sunday, he will be broadcasting Super Bowl XLVII from New Orleans as the play-by-play announcer for the Baltimore Ravens.

Considering his family history, it shouldn't be too surprising he is participating in a Super Bowl.

His father, the late John Sandusky, coached in the NFL for 37 years. His older brother, Jim, was a three-year standout at linebacker for the Tiger football team and is a member of the Hall of Fame.

Coach Sandusky served as the Offensive Line Coach for the Baltimore Colts from 1959 to 1972. He was a member of Coach Don Shula's staff when the Colts lost Super Bowl III to the New York Jets. Two years later, he was coaching for Don McCafferty when the Colts beat Dallas to win Super Bowl V.

Gerry grew up in the Baltimore area. However, the family moved to Florida when Coach Sandusky joined Shula, who had become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

From 1976 to 1994, Coach Sandusky was part of the Dolphins' long run of success. When he retired in 1994, he had contributed to most of Shula's NFL-record 347 victories.

When Gerry graduated from Cooper City High School, he returned to the Baltimore area to attend Towson. At Cooper City, he was a promising basketball player who averaged 20 points per game as a senior. He earned a spot as a walk-on at Towson in 1979 and was part of the first Tiger basketball team to compete at the NCAA Division I level.

However, after one season of basketball, he joined the Tiger football team.

Eschewing any thoughts of a career as a pro football player, Gerry embarked on a broadcasting career after graduation. He started off at WSVN-TV in Miami. In fact, when the Towson baseball team qualified for the NCAA Atlantic Regionals at the University of Miami in 1988, Gerry was there to report on his alma mater.

Later that year, Gerry returned to Baltimore as the weekend sports anchor at WBAL-TV. When legendary sports director Vince Bagli retired in 1993, Gerry was promoted to his role.

The winner of two Emmy Awards, Gerry has broadcasted Towson basketball games on WBAL for the last eight years. He became the Ravens' play-by-play announcer in 2006 when WBAL acquired the rights to air the Ravens' games.

Although his father coached in several Super Bowls, Sunday will be Gerry Sandusky's first chance to be part of it all.

He says, "This is one of those experiences I have long dreamed of, stepping off the plane at the start of Super Bowl week."


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