Dan Patrick is one of the most recognizable sports media personalities in the entire country.
Patrick currently hosts “The Dan Patrick Show,” weekdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on NBC Radio. His past podcasts can also be found here.
Patrick has been nominated for Outstanding Sports Personality numerous times and won the award in 1998.
Here else is what you need to know about Patrick:
1. “Dan Patrick” Is Actually a Pen Name
A pen name is another name that a writer, broadcaster, entertainer or celebrity might use as an alternative to his or her real name because it’s simpler to pronounce and easier to remember. In Dan Patrick’s case, Patrick is actually his middle name, so he doesn’t use a fake name, but a shortened version of his real name.
Dan Patrick’s full name is “Daniel Patrick Pugh.”
2. Patrick Grew Up in Ohio and Played Basketball Through College
Patrick was born in Zanesville, Ohio in May 1957. He was raised in Mason, and eventually attended William Mason high school where he was a star basketball player. He eventually attended Eastern Kentucky for two years on a basketball scholarship before transferring to closer University of Dayton where he studied [Sports] Broadcast Journalism.
3. Before Working at NBC, Patrick Worked at CNN and ESPN
CNN is more of a major news network where ESPN is sports-oriented — two different animals entirely. During his time at CNN (1983-89), Patrick would cover sporting events, including major sporting events such as the World Series and NBA Finals.
Patrick eventually moved onto ESPN where he stayed at the Worldwide Leader for 18 years (1989-2006). He became one of ESPN’s most recognizable broadcasters and radio hosts next to names such as Rich Eisen, Stuart Scott and Scott Van Pelt. He hosted “The Dan Patrick Show” on ESPN Radio from September 13, 1999 to August 17, 2007.
In regards to him leaving, Patrick said:
I am leaving ESPN August 17 to go out on my own and be a free agent…I think I was starting to take it (ESPN) for granted.
When ESPN tried talking him out of it:
I wouldn’t be sticking around until August.
Although Patrick said there was no animosity, there was clearly some tension there.
4. After Patrick’s ESPN Departure, He Moved to Sports Illustrated and Later, NBC
In 2007, Dan Patrick became senior writer for Sports Illustrated; this included: contributing to blogs such as SI.com’s “Fan Nation” and host the magazine’s Sportsman of the Year show. All of Patrick’s non-televised, non-radio content is exclusive only to SI.
In October 2007, through a Chicago-based Content Factory, “The Dan Patrick Show” relaunched. This and Sirius XM Radio 144 were the home of the show until Patrick signed a deal with NBC Sports in 2010 to eventually become its radio host.
5. Patrick Is Married to His Wife Susan and Together They Have 4 Children
Patrick met his wife at CNN where she was producer of Inside Politics. Their first date, at a Manhattan bar, where they talked and drank the night away, leaving Patrick penniless — Patrick, too embarrassed to admit he didn’t have money on him, walked 30 blocks home that night.
Together, the couple have three children together: three daughters, Georgia, Molly and Grace, and one son, Jack.