Sure, no national announcer is more polarizing, but Buck's performance in 2012 was sensational, highlighted by his calling the Giants-49ers at Candlestick Park and the Cardinals-Giants playoff game at AT&T Park on the same day (Oct. 14). Most impressively, it followed a year in which a paralyzed nerve in his vocal cords nearly ended his career. Asked what pleased him the most about this year, Buck says, "I would say that answering the bell every week gave me a sense of pride, and powering through it would have pleased my dad."
Announcing Team of the Year:
AL MICHAELS AND CRIS COLLINSWORTH
Ranking a shade above ABC/ESPN's terrific NBA team of Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy, the Sunday Night Football duo is fanatically prepared and gave a virtuoso performance at Super Bowl XLVI.
In his fourth year as a Football Night in America studio analyst, Harrison has morphed from ex-player mode into a thoughtful analyst, especially on the subject of concussions. His chemistry with Tony Dungy is terrific.
Knucklehead of the Year: