MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - ESPN commentator, Dr. Jerry Punch, will speak at the New Horizons Credit Union 1st & 10 Club on Oct. 14., at Heron Lakes Country Club beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Punch, a North Carolina native, has been with ESPN since 1984 as a motorsports and college sports announcer. In 1989, Punch was involved with college football sideline reporting as well as being in the press box for play-by-play for ABC’s Saturday afternoon college football telecasts and select ESPN games. He also has announced for ESPN radio on post-season college bowl coverage.
Punch served as the host of ESPN’s NASCAR Nationwide Series telecasts, lead pit reporter and back-up play-by-play announcer on the NASCAR Cup Series. He then became the host of ESPN’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Punch was a walk-on, back-up quarterback for North Carolina State while in college, and went on to earn his medical degree from Wake Forrest University in 1979. Today, and throughout his announcing career, Punch has been called on to provide medical analysis of injuries as well as providing emergency medical care.
Punch has covered a variety of events including the Indianapolis 500, where he was part of the Emmy Award-winning broadcast team for their 1989 coverage, Daytona 500, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the NASCAR Cup Series.
He was honored in 1989 with the United State Air Force Outstanding Performance Award for service to the auto racing community and the NASCAR’s 1990 Team Player of the Year Award.
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