Who Is Dan Patrick?


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Dan Patrick is a sportscaster, actor, writer and radio and television show host. He is currently the co-host of NBC's "Football Night in America," the host of "The Dan Patrick Show" and "Sports Jeopardy!" and a senior writer for "Sports Illustrated."

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Patrick was born in Zanesville, Ohio on May 15, 1956, as Daniel Patrick Pugh. He worked for the radio stations WVUD and WTUE in Dayton, Ohio from 1979 to 1983, before working as a sports reporter for CNN from 1983 to 1989. From 1989 to 2006, he was an anchor on ESPN's "SportsCenter" and also hosted ESPN Radio's "The Dan Patrick Show" from 1999 to 2007. In 2007, he left ESPN to be a free agent.

Starting on October 1, 2007, he has hosted a new version of "The Dan Patrick Show" that is unaffiliated with ESPN. Also in 2007, he became the senior writer of "Sports Illustrated." Since July 7, 2008, he has co-hosted "Football Night in America" alongside Keith Olbermann. Starting in 2014, he became the host of "Sports Jeopardy!" He has also made cameo appearances in the television shows "Clerks: The Animated Series," "Arliss" and "Clone High," as well as many films, including "The Waterboy," "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" and "Benchwarmers."

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