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10 Facts You Might Not Know About John Saunders

It is a tradition here at that we honor the men and women who have made a difference in the sports world by giving our fans some simple truthful facts about their sports lives and the way they effected ours. The following is our tribute to the late great John Saunders.JohnSaundersHockey

  1. John Saunders received a scholarship and played hockey at Western Michigan University from 1974–76.
  2. Saunders was named to the Ontario University Athletic Association All-Star team.
  3. Saunder’s hometown was Ajax, Ontario, but he moved to the United States to work as a sports anchor at WMAR-TV in Baltimore from 1982-86.
  4. Saunders joined ESPN in 1986 and was the host of ESPN’s The Sports Reporters.
  5. He also co-hosted NFL Primetime from 1987 to 1989.
  6. He was also the studio host for the network’s NHL broadcasts from 1992-93 season until 2004, and was the studio host of ABC’s coverage of college football.

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer talks with ESPN personaility John Saunders afCal Sport Media via AP Images

    Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer talks with ESPN personaility John Saunders. Photo by; Cal Sport Media via AP Images

  7. He has also hosted ABC’s coverage of baseball under the Baseball Night In America banner and was involved in ESPN’s coverage earlier in his career. He also anchored the 1995 World Series.
  8. He was the television play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Raptors from 1995 to 2001.
  9. In 2008, he began hosting the 7pm ET Sunday SportsCenter during the NFL season with Chris Berman and analyst Tom Jackson.
  10. John was an advocate for juvenile diabetes research and was a founding board member of the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research, a charity that has raised almost 90 million dollars with 100 percent of the charity funding cancer research.

Everyone associated with Cleatgeeks ask their fans to take a moment and reflect on John Saunders and the many times he has come into your living room for the variety of sports in which he covered. As we remember and pray for his family on this tragic day.

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