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And in 1993, Russert broadcast the program from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, where his Buffalo Bills were taking on the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl.

Russert recounted his memory of the event in his Columbus School of Law speech.


"At the end of the program, I looked into the camera and said 'It's now in God's hands. And God is good. And God is just. One time: Go Bills!' Russert said. "My colleague Tom Brokaw turned to me and said, 'You Irish Catholics from Buffalo are shameless. You can't pray on the air.' I said, 'I just did, Brokaw.'"

The Dallas Cowboys won the game 52-17.

Off the Air

When he is not wrestling with popes, presidents and football gods, Russert has found time to make his mark off the air as well.

Russert is married to Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth and is the father of a 14-year-old son, Luke.

In 1995, Russert was named "Father of the Year" by the National Father's Day Committee; Parent's Magazine named him a "Dream Dad" in 1998.

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