I have known the world of Dick Vitale for 46 years. When Vitale was a  basketball coach at East Rutherford High School in New Jersey, I was a young reporter covering high school sports, including East Rutherford.

He wasn’t Dickie V then–but he was the same enthusiastic, loud and passionate person that he has been for almost 40 years talking about basketball on ESPN.

I was once with Dick when he visited Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, when he was looking for celebrities. when in reality he was the biggest celebrity on the block.

I have eaten breakfast with Vitale at one of his favorite places–The Broken Egg– near his home in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.  I have watched as he interacts with fans. When I talked with Vitale over the phone he was sitting at–The Broken Egg.

It’s the same person-Dickie V.

But what not many people know is that there is also a Dickie V–formation. He has a passion for football–especially Notre Dame football. Both of his daughters played tennis at Notre Dame  Vitale is a season ticket holder for ND football games.  The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here