My family heard the announcement while we were watching Monday Night Football. In those days of pre-Internet, the Big Three networks were your main source of news, and ABC News gave the story to the men in the MNF booth. Howard Cosell made the announcement. Frank Gifford was heard on a tape recently unearthed urging Cosell to do it, and Dandy Don Meredith agreed. Ironically, Meredith died this past Sunday at the age of 72 from a brain hemorrhage.
Time marches on.