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Phyllis George smashed a glass ceiling 45 years ago when she became a correspondent for CBS's fledgling "The NFL Today," the first woman to regularly report on pro football on network TV. She was a Miss America (1971) reporting on America's game, surrounded by men on set and in the field.
George worked on the show for 6 1/2 years over two stints before leaving for good in 1983. Her work on that groundbreaking series left a lasting impression, something that became clear Saturday after her death at age 70 from a blood disorder was announced.
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Brent Musburger, who became a sports TV power player as host of "The NFL Today," penned a tribute.
— Brent Musburger (@brentmusburger) May 16, 2020
Jayne Kennedy, who succeeded and then was replaced by George, understood what George accomplished.
My heart breaks, #PhyllisGeorge has died. Because of her I became a pioneer in the world of women sports broadcasters when I took the NFL TODAY desk. Ironically in all these years we never met! Thank you Phyllis for opening the door. Believe me I know the challenges you faced. 💔 pic.twitter.com/6ETMQ4htPg
— Jayne Kennedy (@PlainJayneKO) May 16, 2020
CBS added its own statement.
The CBS Sports Family mourns the passing of Phyllis George. pic.twitter.com/u2jx3S8F6m[......]