Special Report to Blowing Rock News from App State Sports. By Mike Flynn. April 13, 2015. ATLANTA, GA — Former Appalachian State University football student-athlete and eight-year National Football League veteran Daniel Wilcox will join the Appalachian IMG Sports Network broadcast crew as the color commentator for Mountaineer football broadcasts in 2015, associate athletics director for broadcast operations David Jackson announced during Monday’s Yosef Club Spring Tour event in Atlanta.
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“We’re thrilled to announce that Daniel will join our Appalachian IMG Sports Network family next season,” Jackson said. “His radio experience, football expertise, passion for Appalachian State and genuine care for coaches and student-athletes makes him a natural fit for the role. We think that Mountaineer fans around the world will enjoy Daniel’s analysis. We can’t wait to have him in the booth when Howard visits The Rock on Sept. 5!”
Wilcox played for three NFL teams: the Ravens, the Buccaneers and the Jets.
Wilcox, who played wide receiver at Appalachian State from 1999-2000 and was a member of three NFL teams from 2001-09, will replace Steve Brown in the Appalachian IMG Sports Network broadcast booth. Brown, who has been a member of Appalachian State football’s radio broadcast team for 17 seasons (1992-97, 2004-14), has elected to step aside from the color commentator role for the 2015 season as he attends to family health issues.
“We’re certainly going to miss having Steve around on a regular basis. He has been a part of Appalachian State football broadcasts for 12 of the 19 years that I have been with the program and his voice has become synonymous with the Mountaineers,” Appalachian State football head coach Scott Satterfield said. “However, it’s great that another member of the family will fill his shoes. Daniel’s football knowledge and passion for App State will be a huge asset to the broadcasts and our program. We’re excited to welcome Daniel back home!”
Wilcox caught 66 passes for 1,028 yards and 10 touchdowns in two seasons at Appalachian State, including 46 receptions for 740 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, when he helped lead the Mountaineers to the NCAA Division I-AA national semifinals.
Despite not being drafted, Wilcox went on to spend eight seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets (2001-02), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2004-09). He also played for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in 2004.
He was a member of Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl championship squad in 2002 but enjoyed his greatest individual success in Baltimore, where he caught 76 passes for 595 yards and eight touchdowns over five seasons.
I’m looking forward to having a front row seat for Appalachian football.
Following his retirement from the NFL, Wilcox returned to Appalachian State in 2010 to complete his coursework for a bachelor’s degree in communication. As part of his studies, he immersed himself in several areas around the athletics department, most notably as a student assistant on head coach Jerry Moore’s staff, working closely with the squad’s wide receivers. He also hosted a weekly video segment for the Appalachian IMG Sports Network (Inside The Locker Room) and maintained an online blog for the department’s sports information office.
“We are excited to welcome Daniel Wilcox back to a prominent role with Appalachian State’s football program,” Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin said. “As a Mountaineer, Daniel understands our core values and the thousands of Black and Gold faithful that tune into Appalachian IMG Sports Network broadcasts across the globe will be entertained and informed by the insight that he brings as a former student-athlete and Super Bowl champion.”
While with the Ravens, Wilcox became a regular and highly sought-after guest on the sports talk radio circuit, which has continued following his playing career. Most notably, Wilcox had a weekly segment on the popular Mark Viviano and the Bulldog show on CBS Radio 105.7 FM The Fan in Baltimore in 2010.
Since graduating from Appalachian State, Wilcox owned his own interior design/renovation company and currently works as a personal trainer and serves as a volunteer high-school football coach in the Atlanta area.
“It’s great to be a Mountaineer one more time,” Wilcox said. “It will be my pleasure to be around the young men in the program on a regular basis and to watch them grow both on and off the field. Coach Satterfield and his staff are doing a great job of building a top-notch FBS program and I am looking forward to having a front-row seat for what I think will be a record-breaking season. I am also looking forward to being around and learning from David Jackson and the rest of the Appalachian IMG Sports Network crew. It’s an incredible opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”
Brown will continue to appear on the Appalachian IMG Sports Network in 2015 as a contributor on Mountaineer Talk and Appalachian State football pregame shows.
“Steve is a terrific colleague and a valued friend. We’re glad that he’ll remain on the Appalachian IMG Sports Network broadcast team in various capacities and look forward to him hopefully being able to expand his on-air presence again at a later date,” Jackson said. ”However, it’s appropriate that Steve turns his attention to more important matters at this time and our thoughts are with him and his family.”