An icon in St. Louis sports and broadcasting has passed away.
Tim Van Galder, 77, favorite who was credited for being the first TV sports director who traded in the typical suit and tie attire for a relaxed look of golf shirts and sweaters during his newscast, passed away at the age of 77 on Wednesday. The cause of death was cancer.
“Tim Van Galder also routinely did not sit behind a desk to deliver news but rather sat on top a news desk in the background addressing co-anchors and viewers in what may be the most casual manner,” Integrity Sports wrote in a press release.
He was known as ‘TVG’ by viewers and pro athletes.
Athletically, Van Galder was 1966 by the Cardinals. However, he spent most of his first 3 seasons on their taxi squad, only being briefly activated but not playing in 1967.
His first NFL action came on opening day of 1972 when he started at quarterback for the Cardinals and led them to a 10–3 victory over the Baltimore Colts He started 4 more games for the Cardinals that season but the Cardinals did not win any of them. Van Galder also ended up missing several games with a concussion suffered in week three of the 1972 season, and he ended the season with a 34.5 quarterback rating on 79 passes, throwing seven interceptions and just one touchdown.