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

football.

Munson was 89 when he died on Nov. 20 of complications from

pneumonia.

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

championship season.

He proclaimed ”Look at the sugar falling out of the sky!” when

Georgia clinched a Sugar Bowl berth with a win over Auburn in

1982.

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.”