When it was announced last week that Linda Cohn will anchor her 5,000th edition of SportsCenter on Feb. 21 (ESPN, 8 a.m. ET), the news was almost universally met with appreciation and respect for the 23-year ESPN veteran. Cohn has hosted more SportsCenters than anyone in the 36-year history of ESPN.
On Twitter, congratulations messages to Cohn came from many in the sports media business, as well as sports figures, fans and ESPN colleagues.
An iconic sports legend was one of the first to praise Cohn on Twitter:
So happy for @lindacohn She has paid the price and opened doors for others to succeed so we can all win.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) January 29, 2016
A sampling of Tweets from women in sports broadcasting on the national and local level:
— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) January 28, 2016
— Summer Sanders (@SummerSanders_) January 28, 2016
— Cindy Brunson (@CindyBrunsonAZ) January 28, 2016
— Sam Ryan (@SamRyanSports) January 29, 2016
@lindacohn 5000 shows later & still rocking it lady! Paving the way.💃💃💃💃💃
— Heather Mitts (@heathermitts) January 29, 2016
— Katy Winge (@katywinge) January 29, 2016
Auburn head basketball coach (and former ESPN analyst) Bruce Pearl congratulated Cohn:
Others in the media also sent their regards:
— Bruce Beck (@BruceBeck4NY) January 29, 2016
Cohn’s alma mater weighed in:
— sunyoswego (@sunyoswego) January 29, 2016
Many ESPN colleagues offered their congratulations:
— Hannah Storm (@HannahStormESPN) January 29, 2016
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) January 28, 2016
Congrats Linda! An absolute pro. Watching her makes me better. https://t.co/ZKbjWm1TU6
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 28, 2016
— Lisa Kerney (@LisaKerney) January 28, 2016
And ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman summed it up:
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) January 28, 2016
Cohn’s 5,000th SportsCenter airs Sunday, Feb. 21, at 8 a.m. ET on ESPN.