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Papa as an announcer for the NFL network

Bob Papa (born September 19, 1964) is an American sportscaster. Papa is currently employed by NFL Network, HBO, and the New York Giants.



He is best known as the radio play-by-play voice of the New York Giants, a position he has held since 1995, as well as the new voice of Thursday and Saturday Night Football on the NFL Network. From 1988 to 1994, he worked on the Giants' pregame and postgame shows on the radio. His work with the Giants also includes his role as host of the YES Network's Giants Training Camp Report and Giants Online. As a graduate of Fordham University, Papa, along with two more alumni, participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics Games held in Athens, Greece.

In addition to his work with the Giants, Papa has also worked on NBC's coverage of the Olympics since 1992, as he covered boxing at the most recent Summer Olympics. In 2002, he covered cross-country skiing and curling [1]. In addition, he has called boxing for SportsChannel America, ESPN, NBC, and Versus. Papa called the November 23, 2001 match between James Butler and Richard Grant. At fight's end, after Grant had been declared the winner, Butler sucker-punched Grant, breaking his jaw. Both Papa and his color commentator, Teddy Atlas, loudly called for both Butler's arrest, and permanent suspension from boxing. Butler later plead guilty to the slaying of sportswriter Sam Kellerman, brother of Max Kellerman.

Papa was the radio voice for the New Jersey Nets on WOR for several years in the mid 1990s after Ian Eagle was promoted to television.

In 2007, Papa became the lead commentator for HBO's Boxing After Dark telecasts, replacing his NFL Network colleague Fran Charles.

Papa served as the play by play announcer for NBC Sports coverage of Boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[2]

From 1989-92, he was the studio host for SportsChannel America's coverage of the NHL.

Papa currently is the host of the Opening Drive on Sirius NFL Radio, the all NFL Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio. Papa has also been hired to host NFL games that will take place on NFL Network replacing Bryant Gumbel.


Personal life

He is a resident of Chatham, New Jersey. He is married with three children, Will, etc.[3]


  2. ^ Medium Well: Your NBC Olympics lineup - A blog on sports media, news and networks -
  3. ^ DiTrani, Vinny. "ALL'S WELL, EXCEPT IN BOOTH", The Record (Bergen County), December 3, 1993. Accessed February 5, 2008. "Jim Gordon is suffering from laryngitis, and will be replaced in the WOR-AM booth by Bergen Catholic product Bob Papa from Dumont."

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Preceded by
Bryant Gumbel
NFL Network play-by-play commentator
Succeeded by


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