ESPN's Lee Corso moved to tears by tribute celebrating 400th 'College GameDay' headgear pick

College coaches paid homage to the 88-year-old in the tribute

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 01: ESPN College Gameday analyst Lee Corso looks on during the college football game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Pittsburgh Panthers on September 01, 2022 at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ESPN College Gameday analyst Lee Corso received some metaphorical flowers Saturday. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

ESPN “College GameDay” analyst Lee Corso wiped a tear from his face after watching a six-minute tribute ahead of the 88-year-old's 400th headgear pick in Boulder, Colorado.

As the longest-running personality left on ESPN’s flagship college football pregame fixture, there was plenty to say about Corso in the tribute. He is known for putting on the headgear of the school he thinks will win each week as the show closes. The tradition began before any current collegiate player was born, when Corso wore the Brutus Buckeye mascot head on Oct. 5, 1996.

Once the roaring "CORSO" chant died down from Colorado fans, he issued some heartfelt thank you's.

Before ESPN, Corso worked as a collegiate head coach for 15 seasons, making stops at Louisville, Indiana and Northern Illinois. Many coaches recorded segments, reminiscing about his impact on the fan experience over the years.

Georgia's Kirby Smart and Ohio State's Ryan Day both reveled in Corso's longevity. For Alabama's Nick Saban, it was about the unpredictability.

“Anytime I’m watching, and you don’t know what he’s going to pick up, that’s all pretty exciting," he said.

If you have the time and love college football, the full tribute is worth a watch:

After the celebration, Corso was joined by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as he made his milestone pick. He selected Deion Sanders and the Buffaloes, saying "it's been 26 years since I picked Colorado."

The moment is full circle in a way, as Corso was scheduled to make a selection at Jackson State in October 2022, but he missed “College GameDay” due to a health issue. It was the first time the show ever went to the school's campus and its first FCS matchup in three years thanks to Sanders, who was head coach there at the time.

Almost a year later, Corso still had the opportunity to pick a team led by Coach Prime, for whom he had high praise.