ESPN NFL reporter and handicapping expert Hank Goldberg dies at 82

Hank Goldberg, who operated at ESPN as an NFL press reporter and handicapping professional for 20 years, passed away Monday on his 82nd birthday, his household validated.

Goldberg had actually remained in treatment for persistent kidney illness in the last few years.

Known as Hammering Hank, Goldberg was .500 or much better in 15 of 17 NFL seasons while forecasting video games at ESPN. He emerged on NFL Countdown and ESPN Radio and added to the network’s purebred racing protection.

Goldberg had actually likewise been a factor on ESPN’s Daily Wager throughout the sports wagering program’s presence, doing weekly hits throughout the NFL season and periodic looks around the Triple Crown races. His last look on ESPN remained in May, when he did a phone interview from the Kentucky Derby.

Art Manteris, a just recently retired, longtime Las Vegas bookie, invested his 40-year profession attempting to combat off smart men, however rapidly discovered to regard Goldberg. The 2 struck up a relationship that lasted over 3 years.

They delighted in a meal together recently, a pastrami on rye from Weiss Deli, among Goldberg’s preferred Las Vegas areas, Manteris stated.

“I can assure you, he was no phony,” Manteris informed ESPN of Goldberg’s handicapping expertise. “The Hammer always put his money where his mouth was, and that immediately earned him a high level of respect with me. As a longtime Las Vegas bookmaker, there were few opinions I valued more than Hank’s on the NFL.”

Goldberg was likewise a long time component in Miami, working as a regional radio and television host for more than 25 years and working as a Dolphins radio expert. He started his profession in the 1970s as an assistant to handicapper Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder.

ESPN’s David Purdum added to this report.

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