ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia play-by-play radio announcer Larry Munson has called his last game.
The 85-year-old Munson announced on Monday that he has retired, effective immediately. He said he owes Georgia fans "so much more than I can give."
Munson had surgery April 4 to remove blood clots from his brain, but he returned to work Georgia's first two home games. He said he won't be in the booth for Saturday's game against Alabama.
Munson was in his 43rd season as Georgia's lead voice on its radio network.
Munson cut back on his schedule last season, when he worked only home games. Georgia said Scott Howard and Eric Zeier will work the remaining home and road games.
“I can’t express enough my deep feelings toward the Georgia football fans,” Munson said in a prepared 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 Michael Munson, Larry’s son. “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.”
Michael Munson said that after 60 years in broadcasting, Larry told him “There are lots of things I still want to do.”
“I want to thank Larry Munson on behalf of this great university for 42 dedicated years of delivering the Georgia Bulldogs to fans on fall Saturday's around the world,” said UGA Director of Athletics Damon Evans. “I truly appreciate his return at the start of this season from surgery to give us all another opportunity to hear him describe the tradition and pageantry of Georgia football as only he could do it. This is a day that we all knew would come for the Bulldog Nation, Larry Munson is and will always be a part of what is great about being a Georgia Bulldog.”