Phyllis George dies: Women in TV sports who followed her path react

Phyllis George smashed a glass ceiling 45 years ago when she became a correspondent for CBS’s fledgling “The NFL Today,” the first woman to regularly report on pro football on network TV. She was a Miss America (1971) reporting on America’s game, surrounded by men on set and in the field.

George worked on the show for 6 1/2 years over two stints before leaving for good in 1983. Her work on that groundbreaking series left a lasting impression, something that became clear Saturday after her death at age 70 from a blood disorder was announced.

Brent Musburger, who became a sports TV power player as host of “The NFL Today,” penned a tribute.

Jayne Kennedy, who succeeded and then was replaced by George, understood what George accomplished.

CBS added its own statement.

But there were also countless tributes (and words of gratitude) by female broadcasters whom George inspired:

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