Legendary UGA announcer Larry Munson dies

8:49 PM, Nov 21, 2011   |    comments
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia's Sports Communications office has confirmed that the legendary "voice of the Bulldogs" has died.

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Larry Munson passed away at his Athens home Sunday night with complications from pneumonia, according to his son.

Munson began calling games for the Georgia Bulldogs in 1966 and continued until 2008.

Over the years, Munson delivered some of the most passionate and memoriable calls in football history.

A favorite among Dawg fans is this call he made during Herschel Walker's 1980 debut against Tennessee: "We hand it off to Herschel! There's a hole! Five! 10! 12! He's running over people! Oh, you Herschel Walker!... My God Almighty he ran right through two men. He drove right over orange shirts, just driving and running with those big thighs. My God, a freshman!"

Verron Haynes, who was on the receiving end of the famous "Hobnail Boot" call wrote on facebook.com/11alive: "Larry Munson allowed us Bulldog players to become names and more than just numbers. It was an honor to have such an announcer legend call my Hobnail Boot play. We will miss you Larry and your name will live on through your voice, forever archived. Today we pay our respects and send prayers to the family of the 'Legendary Voice of the Georgia Bulldogs,' Mr. Larry Munson."

Munson received numerous honors for his tenure with the Bulldogs. In 1983, Gov. Zell Miller honored him with a proclamation celebrating his 50 years in broadcasting.

In 1994, Munson was inducted into the Georgia Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 2009, he won a similar induction into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.

Munson entered radio broadcasting after serving in World War II. He used his military discharge pay to enroll in broadcaster's school in Minneapolis, Minn. After 10 weeks of training, he landed a job at a small radio station in North Dakota.

Munson got his big break in 1966, when he landed a job calling Atlanta Braves baseball in their inaugural season. That job didn't last long, however, because after one phone call with UGA Athletics Director Joel Eaves, he was offered the Georgia football job.

Georgia fans welcomed him into their hearts until health problems forced him to retire in 2008.

According to family, funeral arrangements have not been made.

Munson was 89 years old.

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