Andrea Kremer has been recognized for years as one of the country’s best sports journalists. But she was immortalized this summer when her name was placed on the walls of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the 30th recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television award, given annually in recognition of “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”
Kremer, who works with HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” and is the chief correspondent for the NFL Network, certainly is exceptional. She’s covered a myriad of sports — from the NFL to the NBA, Major League Baseball, college basketball, the Stanley Cup playoffs, pro golf and the Olympics — and is only the second woman to receive the award (Lesley Visser was the first in 2006).
Moreover, she’s a two-time Emmy winner and member of the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame (she grew up there and attended the University of Pennsylvania) and the Cynopsis Sports Hall of Fame for her contributions to the sports industry.
So we wanted to know what’s the best piece of advice she gained in a career that began in 1982 as sports editor of the Main Line Chronicle in Ardmore, Pa.
“Well, interestingly,” she said on the latest Talk of Fame Network broadcast, “it’s a piece of advice that I didn’t take for .. I don’t know … 10 or 20 years, which was, basically, try to enjoy the moment when you’re in it. And that is sort of antithetical to the way I’ve always approached things.
“(It’s always been) ‘You’re only as good as your last story. You’re only as good as your last interview. What’s next? What’s the next project?’ It’s always next, next, next. Which doesn’t allow you to enjoy what’s happening now.
“I was always told that, and I never was really able to abide by it until this seminal moment in 2008 when I woke up the morning that Michael Phelps was on the cusp of becoming the first Olympian ever to win eight gold medals in a single Olympics. I wake up in Beijing, and I’m thinking about this. And I’m like, ‘Wow, I’m going to be this teeny, tiny piece of history since Michael is going to get out of the pool and talk to me. And I said, ‘I need to take this in.’ And I did.
“And that was a real kind of breakthrough for me. But that had taken a really long time for me to be able to absorb all that, and it’s advice that I pass on to many people today, while fully knowing that I’m being a little hypocritical. Because I didn’t take that advice. But I think that’s really important.”
Introduced at the August induction of the Hall’s Class of 2018, Kremer made sure she continued to heed that advice when she was honored — partly because her friends and family kept reminding her.
“I can’t tell you how many e-mails I got going into Canton basically saying this, ‘Please enjoy this. Please enjoy this. This is no different from the players. This is lifetime achievement. This is the highest individual honor you’re going to achieve. Please enjoy this.’
“And I’m happy to report that I did. And I did because I was supported by people who were so important to me in my life — my family and my close friends.”