ATHENS -- Larry Munson, who became beloved by Georgia fans during decades of broadcasting, passed away on Sunday night, the school confirmed.
The legendary broadcaster died at the age of 89, at his Athens home from complications from pneumonia.
Munson called Georgia games from 1966 to 2008, becoming a fixture for the program and its fans. The gravelly-voiced native of Minnesota was known for his excited, unabashedly pro-Georgia calls.
“My God, a freshman!” Munson famously exclaimed after one of Herschel Walker’s runs.
“Lindsay Scott! Lindsay Scott! Lindsay Scott!” Munson called out during Georgia’s win over Florida in 1980.
In Georgia’s final game of the 2008 regular season against Georgia Tech, Munson was honored with a special on-field tribute between the first and second quarters that earned some of the loudest cheers heard all season at Sanford Stadium.
“I can’t express enough my deep feelings toward the Georgia football fans,” Munson said after his retirement. “They have been so friendly, especially during this most recent period of time. I feel I owe them so much more than I can give. I’ll remember all the great times with the Dogs and have the fondest wishes and good luck toward them all.”
The death was reported by Munson’s son, Michael.
Munson’s broadcasting career covered more than 60 years and included a stint with the Atlanta Braves when they moved from Milwaukee in 1966.
That year, he took over as Georgia’s football play-by-play announcer, endearing himself to generations of fans with his growling, unique calls and unabashed partisanship for the Bulldogs.
With his health failing, he skipped most road games in 2007, then retired after calling the first two contests of the 2008 season.
Funeral arrangements have not been determined.
The Associated Press contributed to this report