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Rodney Curt Gilmore (born January 31, 1960) is an American college football analyst for ABC and ESPN since 1996. He works with Mark Jones on the network's Friday and Saturday night telecasts. Prior to joining ABC and ESPN in 1996, Gilmore worked for Pacific Sports Network, SportsChannel Bay Area and Prime Sports Network. He is a 1982 graduate of Stanford University, where he rode the pine for the large part of three years and received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. He was part of the Stanford team that was involved in The Play, a last-second kickoff return by the University of California Golden Bears to defeat Stanford on November 20, 1982.[1] Gilmore speaks fluent German, and once interviewed a German football player in the language during an ESPN college football broadcast.[citation needed]

Rod Gilmore
Rodney Curt Gilmore

(1960-01-31) January 31, 1960 (age 59)
Alma materStanford University
University of California, Berkeley School of Law (J.D.)
OccupationCollege football analyst
Years active1990–present
TelevisionPacific Sports Network (1990)
SportsChannel Bay Area (1991–1993)
Prime Sports Network (1993–1995)
ABC and ESPN (1996–present)

In addition to calling college football games, Gilmore is a practicing attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area.[2][3] His father, Carter Gilmore, was the first African American elected to the Oakland, California, city council;[4][5] and his wife, Marie Gilmore, was elected as the mayor of Alameda, California, in November 2010.[6]

On August 15, 2016, it was made public that Gilmore had been diagnosed with blood cancer.[7]


  1. ^ "Rod Gilmore, Got a minute?" St. Petersburg Times, October 31, 2003.
  2. ^ management.htm
  3. ^ "Rodney C. Gilmore : Doty Barlow Britt & Thieman LLP". Doty Barlow Britt & Thieman LLP. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  4. ^ Keay Davidson, "Carter Gilmore: Oakland councilman", San Francisco Chronicle, December 28, 2006.
  5. ^ Linda Childers, " Minding Our Inheritance: East Bay Families Connect the Past With the Present and the Future", Oakland Magazine, September–October 2009.
  6. ^ "Gilmore wins as mayor, familiar faces return to council", Oakland Tribune, November 4, 2010 (pay site).
  7. ^ "ESPN college football analyst Gilmore has blood cancer". USA Today. The Associated Press. August 17, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.

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