CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FWAA)
– The Charlotte Touchdown Club has announced ESPN Sportscaster Al Bernstein as
this year’s Master of Ceremonies for the annual Bronko Nagurski Trophy Awards Banquet, to be
held December 9, 2002, in Charlotte to honor the nation's best all-around defensive college
football players as well as regional aspiring athletes.
Bernstein has been one of ESPN’s top personalities since 1981. In that time, Bernstein has
served as host and analyst on the weekly ESPN boxing series, continues to cover all major boxing
matches for SportsCenter, and wrote and hosted "Big Fights Boxing Hour," the award-winning series
on ESPN Classic Network. Al also covers baseball, football and basketball for SportsCenter, and
has done play-by-play for ESPN’s college basketball.
In addition to his television duties with ESPN, Al also does a daily radio show, "Al Bernstein's
Sports Party," on ESPN 920 in Las Vegas. This fun-filled show offers insights, humor and information
about the world of sports and entertainment. Al also serves as host or analyst on many major
pay-per-view boxing telecasts. Over the years he has done over 50 major pay-per-view telecasts. In 1992
and 1996, he served as analyst on NBC's coverage of the Olympics, earning critical acclaim from
sportswriters around the country.
"We are thrilled to have Al Bernstein come to Charlotte for our annual banquet," said
Touchdown Club Executive Director John Rocco. "His impeccable reputation as a sportscaster
the last twenty years coupled with his keen knowledge of the world of sports is the perfect
match for the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the presentation of college football's most
prestigious defensive award, The Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
The Charlotte Touchdown Club each year recognizes regional high school athletes with scholarships
and awards and honors area collegiate football players, as well. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy,
presented in conjunction with the Football Writers Association of America, is awarded to the top
all-around defensive college football player in the country and has been presented since 1995.
Last year's recipient, Roy Williams, was a University of Oklahoma safety and the Dallas Cowboys top
draft pick this year.
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