Who is Lee Corso? is he dead or Still alive? What happened to American sports broadcaster & footballer?
ESPN pulled Lee Corso back from Saturday’s college gameday as the longtime college football analyst continues to battle the illness.
While Corso stayed away from a protracted college football pregame show, many fans couldn’t help but wonder if this was a serious changing of the guard for the global leader.
Earlier this year, ESPN hired Pat McAfee for a full-time position on “College GameDay.” It does feel like the global leader values McAfee more than Corso. Maybe it’s time for a big change.
Not everyone likes it, though. “They’ve started phasing out Corso for McAfee. Come on, throw the whole show out,” wrote one fan. Others, however, saw it coming.
“Yeah, college game day is getting ready to phase out Li Corso,” predicted one fan. “Is Li Corso really bad or is ESPN just trying to knock him out? Wouldn’t really be surprised if it’s the latter,” wrote another fan.
“Corso is a legend, but as a broadcaster he sometimes seems lost now. It’s better to let it go and move on. You can’t replace the charm of the character he brings to the show, but maybe McAfee Can bring different energy,” added one fan.
Corso’s parents, Alessandro and Irma, are Italian immigrants. During the First World War, his father fled Italy at the age of 15. Alessandro, who has a second-grade education, is a lifelong laborer laying terrazzo floors, while Elma, who has a fifth-grade education, works in the school cafeteria and boarding school.
Corso was born on August 7, 1935 in Cicero, Illinois. At age 10, he moved with his family to Miami and later attended Miami Jackson High School, where he played quarterback. As a baseball prospect, he received a $5,000 bonus to sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers as a shortstop. However, he chose to go to college and play football and baseball at Florida State University (FSU), where he was roommates with football player and actor Burt Reynolds and future University of Miami baseball coach Ron Fraser.
During his time at FSU, Corso earned the nickname “The Sunshine Scooter” for his speed on the football field. As a linebacker, he set the school record for most career interceptions (14), which held for over two decades until he was broken by Monk Bonasorte. Corso is also a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He was the South’s starting quarterback in the 1956 Blue-Grey game, even though his team lost 14-0 to the Len Dawson-led North.