Joe Buck has been calling football games for a very long time and his voice has become synonymous with the sport. However, his partner Troy Aikman has singled his work on Monday out as the “finest moment” of the sportscaster’s career.
Buck and Aikman were providing commentary during MNF when Damar Hamlin suffered a cardiac arrest on the field. Buck has since admitted that he blanked out and couldn’t remember what he said after Hamlin collapsed.
Speaking on the Dunham and Miller Show, Aikman revealed that the entire Disney/ESPN broadcast crew was scrambling to decide how to continue their feed while the player was receiving first aid.
“There was a lot of moving parts, that’s for sure, as you can imagine,” the Hall of Famer explained. “It became a sports broadcast that turned into a news broadcast.”
Joe Didn’t Pass The Buck
Aikman went on to describe Buck’s poise throughout the whole thing.
“As you guys know, I’ve worked with him for 21 years and I’ve been with him in some of the greatest moments in sports,” Aikman said.
“And I’ve seen him at his best and he’s unbelievable, but I think this was his finest moment. I think he handled everything better than anyone could have — any broadcaster. I don’t care if it was sports, or news or whatever it might be.
“I thought he was really good at what he was doing and broadcasting to America what was taking place and doing it in a way that he wasn’t speculating or sensationalizing in any way. Not an easy thing to do.”
“He and I were on the air for over an hour before we ever really did anything with it. So, there was a lot of time that had to be filled with a story that we were not getting any information on.”
Hamlin Is Recovering Well
Hamlin’s condition has improved since Monday. The Bills safety woke up on Wednesday night and was able to communicate with his doctors via writing.
While he’s still considered to be critical, things are looking up.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.