Bob Golic

Bob Golic

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Golic in April 2015
No. 51, 79
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1957-10-26) October 26, 1957
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Cleveland (OH) St. Joseph
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Sacks: 22.5
Games: 187
Interceptions: 1
Player stats at
Bob Golic
Show The Bob Golic Show
Station(s) WNIR 100.1 FM
Time slot Monday-Friday 3:00 to 7:00 pm, Saturday 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Style Talk
Country United States
Parents Bob and Catherine Golic
Spouse(s) Karen Golic
Children Jenna, Tawnie and Gage Golic

Robert Perry "Bob" Golic (born October 26, 1957) is an American former college and professional football player, television actor, radio personality and sports commentator.

Golic played defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons from 1979 to 1992. He played professionally for the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, and Los Angeles Raiders. He attended the University of Notre Dame, where he was recognized as an All-American for college football and two-time All-American for wrestling. He is the older brother of Mike Golic of ESPN's morning show Mike & Mike, who also played in the NFL for nine seasons.

Early years

Golic was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Catherine and Louis Robert "Bob" Golic. The Golics are of Slovenian descent.[1] He has two brothers, Greg and Mike.

Golic's father also went by the nickname Bob, however, they are not named with the generational titles of junior or senior. The elder Golic had a 7-year professional playing career in the Canadian Football League from 1956–1962. He played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He won the Grey Cup with Hamilton in 1957. Louis Robert Golic died on Friday, June 28, 2013, from heart failure.

Golic attended St. Joseph's High School, at the time an all-boys school in Cleveland, where he played high school football.

Golic was also an accomplished high school wrestler. In 1975, he won the Ohio high school heavyweight championship, beating Harold Smith of Canton McKinley, a future Olympian. He also defeated future NFL player Tom Cousineau from cross-town all-boys school rival St. Edward High School tournament semifinals. The Golic-Cousineau match has been called "one of the most memorable,"[2] Cousineau would finish in third place.[3] Cousineau would go to be two-time All-American at linebacker at Ohio State. Golic and Cousineau would eventually became teammates in the NFL with the Browns.

College career

Golic received a football scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame, where he also wrestled. He played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team from 1975 to 1978. He was also a member of the 1977 NCAA National Champion football team. He was selected as a first-team All-American for the 1977 season, and a unanimous first-team All-American in 1978.

Golic was one of nation's top wrestlers with a three-year record of 54-4-1, finishing third in NCAA meet in 1976 and fourth in 1977.[4] He was named a two-time All-American for Notre Dame as a heavyweight wrestler, capturing fourth place at the 1977 NCAA tournament and third place in 1978. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1979 with a B.A. in Management.

Professional career

The New England Patriots chose Golic, as a linebacker, in the second round (52nd pick overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft, and he played for the Patriots from 1979 to 1981.

Golic was cut by the Patriots going into the 1982 season, and claimed on waivers by the Cleveland Browns. The Browns moved him from Linebacker to Nose Tackle.

After seven years with the Browns, Golic relocated to the Los Angeles Raiders thru Plan B Free Agency where he played his last four NFL seasons. Golic was a 3-time Pro Bowler: 1985, 1986, 1987 while playing with the Cleveland Browns.

Post-playing career

After retiring from football, Golic pursued an acting career. He appeared in Saved by the Bell: The College Years playing the role of Mike Rogers, the resident adviser of Cal U, the fictional college attended by the cast.[5] He also appeared in the role for the NBC made-for-TV-movie Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas in 1994.

Golic also hosted sports talk radio programs and did sports reporting for TV stations in Los Angeles; had a stint on Britain's late 80s–90s NFL coverage on Channel 4, opposite presenter Gary Imlach; served as analyst on NBC's NFL coverage from 1994–96; and was a commentator for TNN's coverage of the short-lived XFL in 2001.

In 2004, Golic returned to Northeast Ohio to host the afternoon drive time radio talk show on WNIR 100.1 FM in Akron.[6] He is also a football analyst for WOIO Channel 19 in Cleveland (CBS).

Golic opened a restaurant and bar in downtown Cleveland's Warehouse District (Bob Golic's Sports Bar & Grille).[7] The restaurant closed in June, 2014.

Golic is now the Vice President of Football Operations for the Lingerie Football League expansion team, the Cleveland Crush.[8]

Personal life

Golic is the older brother of Mike Golic, who is also a former NFL football player, and is also a radio host (ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike). His nephews are Mike Golic Jr., as of April 4, 2016, Golic Jr. is the co-host (with Robin Lundberg) of First and Last and who once played football for the New Orleans Saints,[9] and Jake, who entered Notre Dame in 2009.[10] Their father, Bob, also played football.

Mike Golic is a spokesperson for Nutrisystem after losing more than 50 lbs on the diet; however, Bob Golic has outdone his younger brother, dropping more than 140 lbs and returning to his high school weight of 245 lbs.[11]

Golic lives with his family in Solon, Ohio. He is married to Karen Baughman (1996–present) and has 3 children.

His wife Karen was a ballerina and Raiderette, and he performed The Nutcracker with her at the Akron Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio in 2006.[12]


  1. "Slovenians on the World Stage". January 19, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
  2. Kampf, John. "Pigskin pins: Wrestling is a football player's best offseason workout". The News-Herald. The News-Herald. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  3. Galbincea, Pat (3 March 2010). "Ohio's state wrestling tournament has produced more than its share of memorable moments" (3 March 2010). Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  4. "Bob Golic Bio". Notre Dame. Notre Dame. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  5. "Bob-Golic in Saved by the Bell".
  6. "Bob Golic – Other Works". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  7. "Bob Golic part of team opening new Warehouse District pub". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  8. "Hanford Dixon named Cleveland Crush head coach". Retrieved 2011-03-24.
  9. Mike Golic Jr Profile University of Notre Dame. Retrieved March 22, 2009
  10. Jake Golic is Notre Dame's First Signee
  11. "Ex-Browns lineman Bob Golic tackles a diet and loses 140 pounds in 8 months". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2008-05-16.
  12. "Seasonal 'Nutcracker' at Akron Civic". Stow Sentry. Stow, Ohio: Record Publishing. November 22, 2006. Retrieved March 25, 2009. CBT welcomes to the stage, for the Nov. 25, 7p.m. performance, former Cleveland Browns player Bob Golic and his wife Karen. The two will dance in the party scene together.
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