Phyllis George
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The hits keep coming around the sports world. A year that has already been defined by tragedy and loss took another turn on Saturday.

It’s being reported that legendary and groundbreaking journalist Phyllis George has passed away at the age of 70 following a decades-long bout with a blood disorder.

George is best known as the former First Lady of Kentucky. She married John Y. Brown Jr. back in 1979, days before his successful candidacy for the Governorship of the state began.

George is widely respected around the sports world, too. The former Miss America winner (1971) became the first woman to have a prominent role in nationally televised sports coverage after being hired by CBS to co-host “The NFL Today” back in 1974.

Needless to say, those around the sports world had a lot of great things to say about Mrs. George following her passing.