FOOTBALL fans sent their best regards to ailing ESPN broadcaster Lee Corso after he missed College GameDay on Saturday for the second straight week.
“We hope to have ‘LC’ back on the bench soon,” host Rece Davis assured viewers who were wondering about the 87-year-old. Davis explained from Lawrence, Kansas, that Corso couldn’t make the show today because he wasn’t feeling well.
The same undisclosed illness took him off the air last weekend and comes more than a decade after he survived a stroke. “Lee Corso is not with us this week. As those of you who are with us every week know, (he) didn’t look good last week at Clemson,” Davis said. “He is feeling good, (I) spoke to him yesterday. One more week to recover, but we hope to get ‘LC’ in our seat soon,” he added. Football announcer Kirk Herbstreit said of his longtime friend: “It’s a surprise for everyone watching and for those of us at the base, of course, not Lee.”
But he is optimistic about Corso’s imminent return, adding today: “Next week, he will be with us. Wherever College GameDay is, LC will be back with us.
He also gave a brief description of the news story’s health, confirming that Corso is “well”. Although Corso continues to recover according to “his doctor’s orders”, so he will not be able to travel this week, “the good news is that the tests he received”, Herbstreit added.
On Twitter, one fan sent “best wishes for Lee Corso to feel 100% and get back on track” while another tweeted, “Miss #LeeCorso hope you’re feeling well n soon”. This month’s health scare comes 13 years after Corso survived a stroke.
“I swore I would come back – and I couldn’t speak,” Corso said a few years after the stroke on May 16, 2009. “You have to understand that you will never exist again, but you have to change your life.”
‘ESPN pays me’
Corso has worked with ESPN since 1987.
When asked in 2017 why he signed a new multi-year contract with the cable channel, the beloved sportsman replied: “I go to the best games of the weekend and talk football. – and they tell me to pay. “You’re kidding me, why the hell would you let something like that go?” »
Corso played quarterback at Florida State in 1950 and shared a room with his teammate – actor – Burt Reynolds.
He then had a 27-year coaching career with stints as head coach in Louisville, Indiana, and northern Illinois. His last coaching job was with the Orlando Renegades of the USFL in 1985. Just two years later, he was hired by the cable network. Corso is hailed as a natural on television because he is quick-witted, independent and fearless. In 1996, Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback, joined Corso and hosted Chris Fowler on GameDay. “Whatever he did, I imitated him,” Herbstreit said of the subject.
Corso’s health news comes as Fox Sports favorite Terry Bradshaw, 74, recently sent a defamatory message to fans when he discussed his battle with cancer. Bradshaw revealed that he has battled the disease twice in the past year.