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Legendary Georgia radio announcer Munson retires

ATHENS - Larry Munson ended 43 years as the radio play-by-play voice for Georgia football games when he said Monday he has called his last game.

The 85-year-old Munson underwent 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.

'It caught me by great surprise,' Loran Smith, Munson's longtime sideline reporter and host of Georgia's pregame show, said of the announcement.

'I had thought that his voice for the first couple of games was a little weaker than usual,' Smith said.

Munson, who began working only on home games last season, was on the pregame show by phone before Saturday night's game at Arizona State.

'He sounded stronger than ever,' Smith said. 'I just thought he was getting stronger and would be his old self.

'I thought with the excitement of a game like Alabama he would be back to his old heroics.'