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Breaking News: UGA Football Radio Legend Retires at 85

Monday, September 22, 2008 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 6:25 PM, under , ,

Athens, GA (Sept 22, 2008) - If ever there was a contest for the radio voice associated with a college football program, Larry Munson would be at the head of the pack. His gravely voice, imploring the team to win one for "us", and to beat "them", is as much of the lore of the University of Georgia Football Program as Vince Dooley and Herschel Walker are. Last year I wrote about Larry beginning to say the long goodbye. as he stopped calling road games for the Bulldogs. Off-season brain surgery may have slowed him down, but he was back in the booth just a few short weeks ago. Today, days short of his 86th birthday, he has announced his retirement, effective immediately.

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Georgia Football Radio Living Legend Larry Munson
Served as Grand Marshall for the 2007 UGA
Homecoming Parade.
Photograph Copyright 2007 by Eye on Sports Media/The Cayuga Group.
All Rights Reserved.

He has not sounded as enthusiastic this year, even though many people commented how good he looked as he had lost a lot of the weight that gave him problems in the past. Certainly nobody expected him to retire so suddenly, especially on the eve of the showdown with Alabama this Saturday night.

Here is a YouTube video tribute to Munson:

“I can’t express enough my deep feelings toward the Georgia football fans,” Munson said in his statement. “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.”

“Larry made the decision over the weekend after consultation with his family, doctor, and close friends,” said Larry's son, Michael Munson. “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. Larry plans to celebrate his 86th birthday this weekend watching the Alabama game with family and close friends.”

Munson has been calling games for 42 years at the University of Georgia, and broadcasts will never be the same. He will be missed and that it just will not be the same without him on the radio.

Scott Howard, who has been doing the play-by-play for road games since last season, will perform the same duties for home games for the remainder of this season.

Scott Howard will become the solo "Voice of the Bulldogs"
for the remainder of the 2008 season.

Photograph Copyright 2007 by Eye on Sports Media/
The Cayuga Group.

All Rights Reserved.

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