Georgia remembers Munson’s 4 decades calling games
Larry Munson was remembered Saturday for his devotion to his
beloved Bulldogs in almost 43 years as the voice of Georgia
Munson was 89 when he died on Nov. 20 of complications from
Michael Munson said at the memorial service that his father died
while wearing a Georgia ”Go Dogs” T-shirt. The words ”Larry
Munson, 1922-2011” were painted on the Sanford Stadium field,
under the Georgia ”G.”
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said Munson was ”a true
Bulldog to the core.”
University of Georgia president Michael Adams described Munson’s
career at Georgia as an ”extended date.”
”It started out as a job for him, became an attraction for us
and finally a devotion and love affair for both parties,” Adams
said, adding Munson ”was a homer and proud of it.”
Former coach Vince Dooley and current coach Mark Richt also
spoke to the crowd of about 3,500.
Munson’s broadcasting career lasted more than 60 years and also
included stints at Vanderbilt and with the Atlanta Braves and
Atlanta Falcons. He found his home as the radio play-by-play
announcer at Georgia who delivered memorable calls with unabashed
partisanship for the Bulldogs.
He took over as the voice of the Bulldogs early in Dooley’s
career in 1966. He remained on the job through the first two games
of the 2008 season before retiring.
His death came one day after Georgia clinched a spot in the
Southeastern Conference championship game.
”I know no announcer has ever meant more to the alumni and
their supporters and to an institution than Larry Munson has meant
to Georgia,” Dooley said.
”He delivered our triumphs and our tragedies, our thrills and
our agonies, and he did it in a variety of ways.”
Munson’s highlights were played on the Sanford Stadium video
board before and during the service.
One of his most celebrated calls was ”Run, Lindsay, run!” when
Buck Belue connected with Lindsay Scott for a long last-minute
touchdown pass to beat Florida in Georgia’s 1980 national
He proclaimed ”Look at the sugar falling out of the sky!” when
Georgia clinched a Sugar Bowl berth with a win over Auburn in
Scott Howard, who took over play-by-play duties after Munson
retired, said Munson’s favorite call was ”We just stepped on their
face with a hobnailed boot and broke their nose!” after the
Bulldogs pulled out a last-second win at Tennessee in 2001.
”He truly was a storyteller, and football was his greatest
stage,” said another son, Jonathan Munson.
The service also included words from Munson recorded a few years
ago and played on the video board. The video was introduced by
Howard, his former longtime color analyst.
Munson said he had been fortunate to call ”many of the greatest
moments” in Georgia’s history.
”My legacy at Georgia I hope would be something I heard said
about me on television,” Munson said. ”They said I was like the
12th man on the team.
”I liked the sound of it the first time I heard it, that I
might be like Georgia’s 12th man.”
Munson added he ”pulled my insides out” while calling games
and imploring the Bulldogs to ”Hunker down, you guys.”
Added Munson: ”It has been my pleasure, my luck, to paint the
picture. … I hope Bulldog fans will always remember I was looking
out for them.”