John Facenda, a long-lasting storyteller of NFL features whose voice got inseparable from the group, is the champ of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2021 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.
Facenda, who kicked the bucket in 1984, was a TV commentator in Philadelphia when NFL Films maker Ed Sabol heard his particular voice depicting a few features in 1965. Sabol welcomed Facenda to understand scripts, prompting a task Facenda held for a very long time until his passing at age 71.
“For nearly 20 years, John Facenda’s resonant voice was, and even today still is, synonymous with the power, strength and character of the NFL,” said Hall of Fame president David Baker, who made the announcement Monday.
The Hall of Fame presents the Rozelle Award yearly in acknowledgment of long-lasting uncommon commitments to radio and TV in star football.
Facenda portrayed various movies and week by week feature bundles, adding to the development in interest encompassing ace football. His talking style procured him the moniker “The Voice of God” and added to the development of NFL Films.
Ed Sabol, the 1991 Rozelle champ, made the Hall of Fame in 2011. He kicked the bucket in 2015. His child, Steve Sabol, will be important for the festival for Facenda as an individual from the centennial class of 2020. He passed on of malignancy in 2012.
Jack Facenda will acknowledge the Rozelle Award for his father’s benefit Aug. 6 during reverence end of the week.
Facenda’s career began in radio in Philadelphia before he appeared as an anchor in 1952. Facenda was one of the makers of the TV news design actually utilized today, with isolated portions for news, sports and climate.