Sports legend Joe Rose has signed off from television after 22 years at NBC 6 South Florida.
Prominent South Florida sports figures wished Rose a farewell during a special tribute on Sports Final Sunday night including Dan Marino, Dwyane Wade, Erik Spoelstra, Udonis Haslem and Pat Riley.
"I'm happy for you in your retirement, but also sad at the same time not to see that beautiful smile," Dwyane Wade said.
Rose has been doing triple duty in broadcasting, as sportscaster and sports analyst for NBC 6, hosting his own sports talk show on local sports radio for the past 20 years, and as a member of the Dolphins radio broadcast team.
“It’s time for me to slow down and get a decent night’s sleep!” said Rose. “It’s been a fun ride and I’ve been able to cover a lot of major sporting events that I never could have if it wasn’t for NBC 6."
It was announced in December that Rose would retire from television.
Aside from his radio and television work, Rose was a Miami Dolphins player from 1980 through 1986 and is probably best known for catching Dan Marino’s first touchdown pass of his professional career.
"Very mediocre football career but it allowed him to springboard into a television career, so he needs to thank god for Dan Marino forcing him the football a few times," former Miami Dolphins player Jason Taylor joked.
Rose will continue his radio show on 560 WQAM weekday mornings.
"It's been great," Rose said.