"If anyone at @espn tells you this doesn't hurt, (they'd) be lying," ESPN historian James Andrew Miller tweeted of Rinaldi's exit from ESPN after 18 years. Rinaldi is best known for delivering emotional and poignant stories for ESPN's College Gameday that would leave viewers in tears. Rinaldi was the voice of ESPN's story on the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant following the NBA icon's tragic death. He also conducted the first interview with Tiger Woods following his 2009 car accident, where the golf icon admitted to "living a lie." "I have ALWAYS appreciated Tom’s talents & abilities," tweeted Kirk Herbstreit, Rinaldi's College Gameday colleague. "Love his story telling & care that he gives to each project. But the best thing about Tommy is he’s a GREAT teammate w/ an unbelievable soul. Tom we love you-we appreciate you-and we are happy for you-You’ll be missed greatly!"