ATHENS – Legendary Georgia broadcaster Larry Munson retired from the broadcast booth Monday after more than 40 years as the voice of the Bulldogs.
After battling several health problems over the past few years, Munson met with doctors, family and friends last weekend and decided it was time to call it a career.
"I can't express enough my deep feelings toward the Georgia football fans," Munson said. "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."
Speculation had swirled during the summer as to whether Munson would return for a 43rd season in the booth after he underwent brain surgery in April to remove a blood clot.
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Munson's family announced last month, however, that the 85-year-old broadcaster would be in the booth for all of Georgia’s home games, but would have to cut back his other commitments.
Munson was on the air for each of Georgia’s first two games at Sanford Stadium this season, but will now turn announcing duties over to Scott Howard and former Georgia quarterback Eric Zeier for the remainder of the season.
"The Munson family would like to thank Cox Radio, the University of Georgia and the Georgia people who have been so supportive of Larry throughout his long career and especially the last several months following his surgery in April," Michael Munson, Larry's son, said in a statement Monday. "Larry plans to celebrate his 86th birthday this weekend watching the Alabama game with family and close friends."
Munson's broadcast career began more than 60 years ago when he called University of Wyoming sporting events with Curt Gowdy. He landed a job as the broadcaster of the Atlanta Braves for their inaugural season in 1966 and then was hired by the University of Georgia after just one phone call.
Over the years, his slow delivery and enthusiastic support of the Bulldogs, including his famous "Run, Lindsay, run" call as Lindsay Scott dashed toward the end zone on a 93-yard touchdown reception to beat Florida during the Bulldogs’ 1980 national championship run, endeared him to generations of fans. In deciding to retire, Munson told his son there was still more he hoped to accomplish outside the broadcast booth.
"Larry Munson has given the bulk of his professional life in the service of the Bulldog Nation and we thank him for it," Georgia president Michael Adams said. "He has been a unifying element and rallying point for many years. We are grateful for his many contributions and wish for him improved health and many good times to come."
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