Papa with the NFL Network
Robert L. Papa
September 19, 1964
Dumont, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||Fordham University, '86|
|Title||Football commentator, play-by-play, Olympics|
Robert L. "Bob" Papa (born September 19, 1964) is an American sportscaster. Papa is employed by Golf Channel, announces various Olympic sports for NBC Sports and is known as "the voice" of the New York Giants.
Papa grew up in Dumont, New Jersey, and graduated from Bergen Catholic High School in nearby Oradell. He graduated from Fordham University in 1986 but is not related to the San Francisco Bay Area sports broadcaster (and former long-time Oakland Raiders radio voice) Greg Papa. Bob lives in Northern New Jersey.
He announces all 16 regular season games and all postseason games on the radio, and all of the team's pre-season games for WNBC in New York City and simulcast across the state. During his time with the Giants, he has called the team's victories in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, as well as their loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.
From 1988 to 1994, he worked on the Giants' pregame and postgame shows on the radio. His work with the Giants also includes his role as host of the YES Network's Giants Training Camp Report, and Giants Access Blue, Giants Chronicles, and Giants Online.
Additionally, Papa was the voice of Thursday Night Football on NFL Network until 2012. He files pregame and postgame reports from New York Giants games on Sundays for NFL GameDay Morning and contributes to NFL.com with columns, chats and reports. He works for the Golf Channel during the NFL off-season.
In addition, he was added as a member for Golf Channel and has called boxing for SportsChannel America, ESPN, NBC, and Versus. Papa called the November 23, 2001, match between James Butler and Richard Grant.
At fight's end, after Grant had been declared the winner, Butler sucker-punched Grant, breaking his jaw. Both Papa and his color commentator, Teddy Atlas, loudly called for both Butler's arrest, and permanent suspension from boxing. Butler later pleaded guilty to the slaying of artist/writer Sam Kellerman.
From 1989-92, he was the studio host for SportsChannel America's coverage of the NHL. Papa is the host of the Opening Drive on Sirius NFL Radio, the all NFL Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio. From 2008-10, he did play-by-play on NFL games that took place on NFL Network before being replaced by Brad Nessler.
A graduate of Fordham University, Papa, along with two more alumni, participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics Games held in Athens. Papa worked on NBC's coverage of the Olympics since 1992, as he covered boxing at the most recent Summer Olympics.
In 2002, he covered cross-country skiing and curling. In 2010, he covered luge, skeleton, and bobsled. He served as the play by play announcer for NBC Sports coverage of Boxing at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He called Rugby at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Papa has four sons: Christopher, Will, Nicholas, and Max.