November 21st, 2011
12:08 AM ET

Larry Munson, voice of Georgia football, dies at age 89

Larry Munson, who earned the adoration of University of Georgia fans as an unabashed Bulldogs supporter while announcing the team's football games for 42 years, died Sunday night at his Athens home, the school said.

He was 89.

Munson succumbed to complications from pneumonia, his son Michael said, according to a statement from the University of Georgia.

In 1966, shortly after becoming a voice of the Atlanta Braves baseball club, Munson also joined the University of Georgia's broadcast team.

He remained part of that team through 2008, earning notoriety around the South for his passion for football and the Athens school. The next year, he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.

"Hardly a day goes by in my hectic world that I don't tell my staff to 'hunker down,'" said President Ronald Reagan in 1986, repeating one of Munson's well-known catch-phrases, according to the university.

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  1. **cosmicvox *

    It appears to be bad time for anyone associated with football. R.I.P. Mr. Munson....

    November 21, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. jam74

    Munson was a true classic. His commentary was priceless and so honest. He was the voice of all our hopes and cheers for the team "tween the hedges". The drama and passion he portrayed was viral. I don't think I would have ever known what a 'hobnailed boot' was if not for Larry Munson. Just thinking and remembering his play by play brings a smile. Thanks Larry for those wonderful memories. "Back to you Loren... "

    November 21, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    My sympathy to the family and to the fans of Larry Munson.

    November 21, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
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  5. Norma Tyler

    May the Bless his family and keep them in prefect peace.R. I.P

    November 22, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Norma Tyler

    May the Lord Bless and keep his family in prefect peace R.I.P

    November 22, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |