Lee Grosscup, a former All-American midfielder who spent 34 years as part of the UC Berkeley football broadcast team, died on Monday at the age of 83.
Known as “The Cupper,” Grosscup joined Joe Starkey at the Golden Bears broadcast booth in 1986. He was Cal’s radio analyst for 18 seasons until he moved to a post-game performance in 2004.
Grosscup retired in 2018 but continued as a frequent contributor to the broadcast team last season.
“I hope I can get through this because I’m broke,” Starkey said Cal. Sports Report. “We are very close. On Cal road trips, we will always go a day early and play golf. We were close friends from beginning to end. ”
“He is always very ready,” Starkey added. “That’s very important for an analyst. Lee is always very detailed and has a high sense of humor. And his voice is good for broadcast. It really jumps at you.”
John Herrera, former senior executive for Raiders and a close friend of Grosscup, said a long time ago Cal Beat writer, Jeff Faraudo that Grossup died at the Bay View Rehabilitation Center in Alameda while recovering from hip surgery.
We are saddened to hear of the death of the old Cal Lee Grosscup broadcast.
Cupper will always have a place in our hearts and minds with our family and friends.
– Cal Football (@CalFootball) June 2, 2020
Grosscup began his broadcasting career in 1966, calling the game in the American Football League for NBC. From there he became a college football analyst for ABC for 20 seasons, working with legends such as Chris Schenkel, Keith Jackson, Verne Lundquist and Al Michaels.
He was also the first radio analyst for the Oakland Invaders of USFL.
Born in Santa Monica in 1936, Grosscup launched his college playing career as a quarterback for the University of Washington in 1955. After one season in Seattle, he returned home to play at Santa Monica College in 1956 before moving to Utah, where he is. the first All-American team and ranked 10th in the selection of the Heisman Trophy as a junior in 1957.
As a member of Utes, Grosscup led passing-oriented violations under head coach Jack Curtice who advanced for his time, and Al Michaels praised Grosscup for developing a spade card or “Utah pass.” In his junior season, he completed 68 percent of passes for 1,398 yards and 10 goals.
A shoulder injury limited Grosscup in his senior season in 1958, but he was still brought in by the New York Giants with a 10th total pick from the 1959 NFL Draft.
Grosscup played for the Giants for three seasons (1959-61) before spending five more seasons with Minnesota Vikings (1962), New York Titans (1962), Saskatchewan Roughriders (1963), Oakland Raiders (1964) and Hartford Charter Oaks (1965) – 66).
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RIP Lee Grosscup, QB is the first great graduation to @Utah_Football. He led the country in passing and TDs in 1957 and was the first All-American team. He was taken in 10th overall by the NY Giants and played in the NFL, AFL and CFL. pic.twitter.com/VMRu0zd690
– Total Fox Burners (@ UtahMan1850) June 2, 2020