Mike Adamle

Michael David Adamle (born October 4, 1949) is a former American football player and sports broadcaster.

Adamle was a sports anchor at other Chicago television stations, including WLS-TV from 1983–1989 before hosting American Gladiators, a first stint at WMAQ-TV from 1998–2001, and then at WBBM-TV from 2001–2004 before returning to Channel 5 until 2017, when he was diagnosed with CTE-induced dementia which eventually forced his retirement. For much of 2008, Adamle worked for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in a variety of roles, including interviewer, play-by-play commentator, and General Manager of Raw.

Mike Adamle
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Mike Adamle as the General Manager of WWE's Raw brand
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Position:Running Back
Personal information
Born:October 4, 1949 (age 69)
Euclid, Ohio, United States
Career information
High school:Kent (OH) Roosevelt
NFL Draft:1971 / Round: 4 / Pick: 120
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:308
Rushing yards:1,149
Rushing touchdowns:4
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Mike Adamle grew up in Kent, Ohio and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1967.[1] His father, Tony Adamle, also found some success with the Cleveland Browns in the 1940s and 1950s.

College football career

Adamle played collegiate football for Northwestern University as part of their team the Wildcats. As a Wildcat, Adamle was team captain, an All-American fullback, and the Big Ten MVP in 1970. Adamle's 316 rushing yards against the Wisconsin Badgers in 1969 still stands as a school record for the most rushing yards in a game. He graduated in 1971.

Professional football career

After his college football career, he played in the National Football League for six years. He joined the Kansas City Chiefs as a fourth round draft pick. He also played for the New York Jets and Chicago Bears.[2]

Post NFL career

Football announcing

After retiring from playing football professionally, Adamle joined NBC Sports, where he was both a studio host and sideline reporter for various events.[2] He spent six years with NBC Sports, hosting SportsWorld and pre-game shows.[2] He was also the host of GrandStand, which was both a pregame show for the National Football League (NFL) and a sports anthology series during the NFL's off-season. In 1984, he was ABC's sideline reporter for the United States Football League.[2] In 2001, Adamle returned to sideline reporting when he joined KNBC's Fred Roggin on NBC's primary XFL broadcast team.

American Gladiators

He was also the co-host of American Gladiators from 1989 to 1996.[2] In addition, he was a contender in a celebrity contenders show towards the end of the show's run. Adamle also co-hosted International Gladiators with the UK and Australian Hosts and commentated in one series alongside UK commentator John Sachs. He appeared on the fourth-season premiere of Family Matters playing himself in a fictional episode of American Gladiators. After American Gladiators ended, he became a reporter for ESPN.[2]

Other announcing

He has also covered the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. In the summer of 2005, Adamle was the host of another NBC property, Bravo's Battle of the Network Reality Stars. In July 2006, Adamle became a color commentator for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR)'s Built Ford Tough Series (another event which NBC has split rights).

World Wrestling Entertainment (2008)

On January 27, 2008 at the Royal Rumble, Adamle began working as an interviewer for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).[3] He then worked on WWE Raw as an interviewer, often making mistakes with each onscreen appearance. During his debut, he mistakenly referred to Jeff Hardy as "Jeff Harvey". He later became ECW's play-by-play announcer on April 15, replacing Joey Styles.[4] Adamle continued to make frequent mistakes during his commentary duties on ECW, with former ECW owner and booker Paul Heyman and former talent Lance Storm criticizing Adamle for them.[5][6] On April 29, Adamle left a broadcast of ECW before the main event match, and his partner Tazz was asked to do the same. This was worked into a storyline as WWE reported that Adamle and Tazz may have left due to fan criticism of Adamle's commentary.[7] The following week, he cut a promo apologizing for his actions.

On the July 28 episode of Raw, Executive Vice President Shane McMahon announced that Adamle was the new General Manager for the Raw brand.[8] During his tenure as General Manager, he promoted a variety of high-profile matches that he dubbed as "Adamle Originals." On the October 27 episode of Raw, as part of his storyline, he slapped Randy Orton after Orton insulted him personally. The following week on Raw, during an in-ring segment with Shane McMahon and Orton, Adamle resigned from his position as General Manager.

Arena Football League

Adamle was the play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League and broadcast Rush games for Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN. Following the 2013 AFL season, the Rush were unable to commit to the 2014 and 2015 AFL seasons and the team's operation were suspended immediately and the active roster was allocated amongst the rest of the AFL.[9]

Personal life

Adamle and his wife Kim have four children - Brad, Courtney, Alexandra, and Svetlana (adopted as a teenager from Ukraine), and three grandchildren.[2] He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Adamle has epilepsy. After work with Epilepsy Foundation, where he is currently a member of the Greater Chicago division's board of directors, Adamle was given his Personal Achievement Award at the 2007 Richard N. Rovner Awards Dinner.[10][11] Adamle has completed two Ironman Triathlons in Kona, most recently as a 60-year-old in 2009, where he completed the race in 14 hours, 7 minutes and 39 seconds. He has also completed other Ironman races like Ironman USA (Lake Placid) 2003.[12]

On February 7, 2017, Adamle said he was diagnosed with dementia, and that his doctor saw signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. He believes this and the past 19 years of epileptic seizures resulted from his concussions in football.[13] He officially retired from WMAQ-TV on March 24, 2017, at a send-off party with colleagues.[14]

Championships and accomplishments

See also


  1. ^ "Kent City Schools Hall of Fame archives". www.KentSchools.net. Kent City Schools. Retrieved 20 August 2009. After graduating from Roosevelt in 1967...
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "News Anchor: Mike Adamle". NBC. July 28, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  3. ^ Adkins, Greg (2008-01-25). "Mike Adamle joins WWE". WWE. Archived from the original on 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2008-01-26.
  4. ^ Rote, Andrew (2008-04-21). "WWE.com adds style". WWE. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  5. ^ Heyman, Paul (2008-04-18). "Mike Adamle is truly awful". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  6. ^ Storm, Lance (2008-04-28). "Mike Adamle". StormWrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  7. ^ "ECW Walk-Off". WWE. 2008-04-29. Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  8. ^ Sitterson, Aubrey (2008-07-28). "That's "Mr. Adamle" to you". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-07-29.
  9. ^ "AFL Issues Statement on Rush, Blaze". September 9, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "2007 Richard N. Rovner Awards Dinner". Chicago Business. 2007-04-16. Archived from the original on January 7, 2009. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  11. ^ "Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago - Board of Directors". Epilepsy Foundation. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
  12. ^ "Topic Galleries". Chicago Tribune.
  13. ^ http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/mike-adamle-cte-story-nbc-5-chicago-413103093.html "‘It Shook My World’: Mike Adamle Tells His Story", by Peggy Kusinski, NBC Chicago]
  14. ^ Feder, Robert (26 March 2017). "Robservations: Health scare for WGN's Steve Cochran". RobertFeder.com. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
1969 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 1969 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Ten Conference teams for the 1969 Big Ten Conference football season.

1970 All-Big Ten Conference football team

The 1970 All-Big Ten Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Ten Conference teams for the 1970 Big Ten Conference football season. The teams selected by the Big Ten coaches for the United Press International (UPI) were dominated by the 1970 Michigan Wolverines football team with 10 first-team selections and the 1970 Ohio State Buckeyes football team with six first-team selections.

1970 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1970 Big Ten Conference football season was the 75th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1970 NCAA University Division football season.

The 1970 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach Woody Hayes, won the Big Ten football championship, was ranked No. 5 in the final AP Poll, and led the conference in scoring offense (29.0 points per game). The Buckeyes were undefeated in the regular season but lost to Stanford in the 1971 Rose Bowl. Defensive back Jack Tatum and middle guard Jim Stillwagon were consensus first-team All-Americans. Stillwagon also won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in college football. Running back John Brockington led the conference with 102 points scored, received first-team All-American honors from multiple selectors, and was the first Big Ten player selected in the 1971 NFL Draft with the ninth overall pick. Quarterback Rex Kern finished fifth in the voting for the 1970 Heisman Trophy.

The 1970 Michigan Wolverines football team, under head coach Bo Schembechler, was ranked No. 9 in the final AP Poll and led the conference in scoring defense (9.0 points per game). Michigan's only loss was to Ohio State. Offensive tackle Dan Dierdorf was a consensus first-team All-American. Quarterback Don Moorhead and middle guard Henry Hill were selected as the team's most valuable players.

The 1970 Northwestern Wildcats football team, under head coach Alex Agase, tied with Michigan for second place in the Big Ten and was ranked Running back Mike Adamle of Northwestern led the conference with 1,255 rushing yards and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the conference's most valuable player.

1970 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 1970 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1970 Big Ten Conference football season. In their seventh year under head coach Alex Agase, the Wildcats compiled a 6–4 record (6–1 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a tie for second place in the Big Ten Conference.The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Maurie Daigneau with 1,228 passing yards, Mike Adamle with 1,255 rushing yards, and Barry Pearson with 552 receiving yards. Eight Northwestern players received honors on the 1970 All-Big Ten Conference football team. They are: (1) halfback Mike Adamle (AP-1, UPI-1); (2) flanker Barry Pearson (AP-1); (3) tackle John Rodman (AP-1, UPI-2); (4) guard Mike Sikich (AP-1, UPI-1); (5) center John Zigulich (UPI-1); (6) defensive tackle Jim Anderson (AP-2); (7) defensive back Eric Hutchinson (AP-1, UPI-1); and (8) defensive back Rick Telander (AP-2).

1986 Aloha Bowl

The 1986 Aloha Bowl was a college football bowl game, played as part of the 1985-86 bowl game schedule of the 1986 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the 5th Aloha Bowl. It was played on December 27, 1986, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. The game matched the Arizona Wildcats of the Pac-10 Conference against the North Carolina Tar Heels of the ACC Conference.

American Gladiators

American Gladiators is an American competition television program that aired weekly in syndication from September 1989 to May 1996. The series matched a cast of amateur athletes against each other, as well as against the show's own gladiators, in contests of strength and agility.

The concept was originally created in 1982 by Johnny C. Ferraro and Dan Carr. Carr gathered the Gladiators and hosted the show, and Ferraro financed and produced the original competition at Erie Tech High School in Erie, Pennsylvania so Ferraro could have the event on film as to shop the new creation. In 1983 Ferraro financed, developed and packaged the American Gladiators as a movie project. In 1984 Carr sold his interest in a literary purchase to Flor-Jon Films. Ferraro had been the main driving force behind the American Gladiators brand since 1982. In 1987, Flor-Jon Films then licensed the unscripted rights to The Samuel Goldwyn Company (now part of MGM). Ferraro is the sole creator of the 1994 kids' version of the series, Gladiators 2000.

Flor-Jon Films, Inc and the Samuel Goldwyn Co in 1993 granted a license to Chariot Entertainment in an effort to launch a live American Gladiators show on the Las Vegas Strip, but the president of Chariot became mired in a securities fraud prosecution, through no fault of Flor-Jon Films or The Samuel Goldwyn Co, and the live show went unrealized. Episodes from the original series were played on ESPN Classic from 2007 to 2009. Several episodes are available for download on Apple's iTunes Service.

MGM Television, the successor company to the Samuel Goldwyn Company, during the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America Strike, sold to NBC a prime-time revival that was closer to the British version than the American, with hosts Hulk Hogan and Lalia Ali, and Van Earl Wright the play-by-play voice. That version lasted two seasons.

In August 2018, MGM Television, with Ferraro and actors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, announced plans to bring American Gladiators back again for the 2019-20 season, the 30th anniversary of the franchise's television debut.

Battle of the Network Reality Stars

Battle of the Network Reality Stars is an American television series that aired on the Bravo cable network from August 17 until September 21, 2005. Based on the popular 1970s and 1980s television competition Battle of the Network Stars, the show consisted of thirty-three competitors from several different reality television shows. Some of the better known contestants include Adam Mesh, from the Average Joe TV series, Richard Hatch, Survivor winner, Sue Hawk, (the Survivor player who gave the infamous "snakes and rats" speech) Ryan Starr and Nikki McKibbin of American Idol fame, Evan Marriott, of Joe Millionaire fame, and Will Kirby, winner of Big Brother season 2. Chip and Kim McAllister, winners of The Amazing Race 5, also participated. Veteran NBC sportscaster Mike Adamle hosted the show and featured reality reporters Trishelle Cannatella (The Real World: Las Vegas), Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth (The Apprentice – season 1), and Bob Guiney (The Bachelor – season 4). Austin Scarlett of Project Runway made fashion commentary in several episodes.

Games People Play (TV series)

Games People Play is an NBC reality television series that ran from 1980 to 1981, hosted by Bryant Gumbel, with celebrity and athlete co-hosts such as Cyndy Garvey, Mike Adamle, and Johnny Bench. The format centers on unusual sports competitions, including guzzling beer, a belly flop contest and a taxicab demolition derby. Celebrities of film, TV, and sports were frequent guest participants on the show as well. Originally previewed in April 1980 as The Sunday Games, the format was inspired by another NBC show Real People, which had recurring segments featuring similar competitions and displays of unusual skills.The series is noted for popularizing Mr. T, who won the "America's Best Bouncer" (sometimes reported as "World's Toughest Bouncer") competition twice on the show, donating his $3000 prize to charity. Mr. T was subsequently cast by Sylvester Stallone as Clubber Lang, the villain in Rocky III.The title of the show is a play on the title of Games People Play, a popular psychology book from the 1960s about mind games and interactions within relationships.

Lisa Malosky

Lisa Malosky is a sports reporter based in Houston, Texas. Over her career, she has covered the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), Houston Comets of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the Houston Cougars men's basketball contests. She came to Houston in 1991 working for KPRC-TV. Since that time, she has also covered the NBA and WNBA for NBC, and TNT/WTBS.Malosky also served as co-host for the syndicated television program American Gladiators from 1993 to 1995.Malosky began her television career as a news reporter at WXOW-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

List of AFC Championship Game broadcasters

The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the American Football Conference Championship Game throughout the years. The years listed concentrate on the season instead of the calendar year that the game took place. The forerunner to the AFC Championship Game (prior to the 1970 AFL–NFL merger) was the AFL Championship Game.

List of Aloha Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who broadcast college football's Aloha Bowl throughout the years.

List of ESPNU personalities

This is a list of several past and present personalities on the ESPNU network.

List of NFL on NBC commentator pairings

The first name that's slated is the play-by-play man while the color commentator or commentators are slated second and sideline reporters, if used, are slated last.

List of Rose Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Rose Bowl throughout the years.

List of Super Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of Super Bowl broadcasters, that is, all of the national American television and radio networks and sports announcers that have broadcast the first four AFL-NFL World Championship Games and thereafter the championship games of the National Football League. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

Originally alternated between the AFL's broadcaster (then NBC) and the NFL's broadcaster (then CBS), the game is now alternated between the three main broadcast television rightsholders of the NFL—CBS, Fox and NBC. CBS has televised the most Super Bowl games, with Super Bowl LIII as its 20th.

NBC originally had broadcasting rights for the Super Bowl XXVI and CBS for the XXVII, but the NFL allowed the networks to switch the two games in order to allow CBS a significant lead-in to its coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Likewise, NBC was to air the Super Bowl LV and CBS for the LVI, but they agreed to swap the broadcasting rights, therefore CBS will benefit from holding rights to the Super Bowl and the 2021 NCAA Final Four, whereas NBC will be abled to pair its Super Bowl coverage with the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Northwestern Wildcats football statistical leaders

The Northwestern Wildcats football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Northwestern Wildcats football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Wildcats represent Northwestern University in the NCAA's Big 10 Conference.

Although Northwestern began competing in intercollegiate football in 1876, records from before the 1950s are often incomplete and inconsistent, so players from then may not make it onto these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since the 1950s, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Wildcats have played in 10 bowl games since the decision, allowing many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.These lists are updated through the end of the 2017 season.

United States Football League on television

On May 24, 1982, the United States Football League (USFL) reached an agreement with ABC and ESPN on television rights. The money for inaugural 1983 season would be a total of $13 million: $9 million from ABC and $4 million from ESPN (roughly $1.1 million per team).

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