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Dick Vitale: Bob Knight’s incredible HOF gesture

Jun 08, 2021
What would you say is the most satisfying moment of your career today? The moment that satisfies me the most was seeing the joy, the jubilation in my family at the Hall of Fame ceremony, the Naismith Hall of Fame, when you go to the wall of fame, now my photos are up. the grandchildren, you see Jordan, you see all those people. Wow, it's amazing how hard it was for you the first few times you were nominated, not being able to get in. It really wasn't that difficult because I never felt in my heart that I would ever enter a Hall. of Fame, they really didn't know.
dick vitale bob knight s incredible hof gesture
I mean, you hear people say, well, you contributed to a game you belong to. I don't think many people use this Bobby Knight. Are you using a Bobby Knight situation with the Hall of Fame? I bet he helped you a lot, which is even more impressive than that when you were streaming, when he was a coach, you guys weren't that close, he was pretty tough on you, well it's funny, Bobby's good, Bobby's a guy If you want, he will help you. Go on a good path for yourself, well, one day Bob called me and said: I don't know if you're going to get into the Hall of Fame.
dick vitale bob knight s incredible hof gesture

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It was the third time I was nominated and he said: I want to tell you what. You'll feel like a Hall of Famer, so I've got letters from every living Hall of Famer by John Wooden Tchaikovsky, at the end of the line, he said, I've got letters they've written to the Hall of Fame and how should be. there is no category for contributions to the game if Dicky V is not there and I start laughing, not really, yes, he said I started this because I believe it friendly, I say you have to do that, you know, Bob, don't tell me what. do

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don't tell me what to do I did it because it's the right thing to do and he said this is what I'm going to do, he said he whether you understand it or not.
dick vitale bob knight s incredible hof gesture
These walls sent me to the wall of fame. but I'll send you copies, I'll send you a copy of Coach Wooden's letter that he just brought me, I mean, a handwritten letter from John Wooden, they shouldn't fight Al's passion for the game, so it's been vital for the college game, it really was. beautiful to see Bob it hasn't been a year I get it I get it I know they told you to give a five minute speech it ends up lasting 25 or 30 it's just that I hadn't seen it until the other day from minute 1 to minute 25 or 30, I was sure that she compared herself to the gray subtypes.
dick vitale bob knight s incredible hof gesture
There's really no way in the world you can get up and think about all the people who have been good to you and do it in five minutes, you just can't. Doing it was an

incredible

moment and an

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high, but I let it pass through my heart. I must have rehearsed. My wife loved it when I gave my speech. She must have heard my speech five thousand times in a bathroom. in bed at night going over and over a dent because that was my question when I was watching it did you rehearse it just a little bit oh it happened so when he finished the speech he told me that was nothing I heard for you I said no I know what happened, that everything I memorized, all of that came out.
I just said, you know what my talk is from here, talking about parents, talking about ESPN, probably the biggest compliment and he doesn't even know this. As far as I'm concerned, I was once inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame a while back and I was introduced by George Bodenheimer, our president at the time, CEO of ESPN, and George stood up and said to the crowd , so many of you. I don't know this, he said in 1981 when ESPN hired me and I met him. He said my first job was driving Dickie v whenever he came to Bristol to work in a mailroom and Dickie v basically gave me all this advice.
Basically it was in the eyes of him dr.

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before it was a doctor movie because I was telling him you say my girlfriend is getting mad at me man Here I am working in the mail room I want to be marketing I want to get an atomic art and he went to a big university Denison and I would tell him , George, there is something in you that is going to succeed. I know you are and one day I'm sitting in the Atlanta airport in the mid 90's and the plane was delayed, I grabbed the USA Today named the president of ESPN that George bought.
OVA I said holy shit, that's my true story, that's my ex driver, I called his office, I told his secretary, I want to talk, I gave a voicemail, I'm not going anywhere with my life, what am I doing? I am leading you everything I do. I'm working in a mail room. I'd say George, you're the president, man, don't forget me. I want a new contract. I got my five-year contract maybe instead of a wrist lock, but George drew a crowd that night. The biggest compliment I ever received, he told the crowd. Dick Vital treated me like royalty when he was his driver and he treats me the same way now and the reason why that was the biggest compliment hit me in the head immediately.
My mom would be very proud of my dad. Because they always told me Richie, be good to people and people would be good to you no matter what they do in life.

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