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Dick Vitale: Faith, Family and Foul Shots View Comments
By Susan Hines-Brigger

IN THE WORLD OF SPORTS, Dick Vitale and college basketball are synonymous. That’s understandable given that he’s devoted over 50 years of his life to the game in one capacity or another.

“Basketball has been a vital part of my life,” says Vitale. “Basketball has given me a lot more than I have ever given basketball.”

And he certainly has given a lot. In fact, former college basketball coach Bob Knight credits Vitale with making the game as popular as it is today. In a video tribute for Vitale’s 2008 induction in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, Knight said, “I don’t think there’s any single person who has been more important in the development of the popularity of college basketball than Dick Vitale.”

St. Anthony Messenger talked with Dickie V, as he’s often called, in mid-December about his love for basketball, his family, his desire to give back and the importance of his faith.


Susan Hines-Brigger is a sports fanatic who happens also to be the assistant managing editor of this magazine. In March 2006 she interviewed Mike Krzyzewski, the head basketball coach at Duke University and a friend of Dick Vitale’s.

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