Originally created 10/30/04

Munson talks way into hall

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former Georgia quarterback Matt Robinson would like to be Larry Munson's replacement as the voice of the Bulldogs.

But the current Jacksonville Jaguars radio analyst isn't sure he wants Munson's era to end.

"With all respect to the Georgia teams before Larry Munson got here, he is the last link to Georgia football as we know it now," Robinson said Friday during the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where Munson, former Georgia assistant coach Erk Russell and former Florida wide receivers Reidel Anthony and Wes Chandler joined the game's Hall of Fame.

"Erk is retired. (Former coach) Vince Dooley is retired. Larry has been there for every play for almost 40 years, and he's verbalized that history in a way only Larry can."

Munson said his retirement is "two years, at the maximum," in the future.

"And it might be just one," he said on the eve of his 39th Georgia-Florida game, today at Alltel Stadium.

The 80-year-old Minnesota native said his health is the main reason he is giving himself that target date, although he did not want to be specific.

Munson's distinctive voice and unique vocabulary have made him a integral part of Georgia lore since Dooley and former athletic director Joel Eaves hired him away from the Atlanta Braves in 1966.

Catch-phrases such as "hunker down" and "Herschel (Walker) needs a block" made Munson beloved by Bulldogs fans and entertaining even to fans of other schools, despite his unabashed homerism.

"Larry is the greatest play-by-play announcer in the history of college football," said Gator Bowl president Rick Catlett, a Florida fan.

"He makes you feel the emotion of college football right through the radio dial."

"If the Gators aren't playing, I try to find a Georgia game on just to listen to Larry," added Bob Fleckenstein, another Gator fan.

Although Munson is most famous for his call on Lindsay Scott's 93-yard touchdown that won the 1980 game over Florida, he said there are too many great moments from Georgia-Florida football for him to single out.

"I've got stuff in my mind from the 1960s and 1970s," he said.


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