Redskins' Jurgensen Retires After Many Years In Radio/TV Booth
Longtime Redskins broadcaster Sonny Jurgensen "announced his retirement" before the team's preseason opener Thursday in what would have been his 39th "consecutive year in the booth," according to Scott Allen of the WASHINGTON POST. After his retirement from the NFL following the '74 season, Jurgensen "spent six years calling games for CBS" before teaming with Pro Football HOFer Sam Huff and local sportscaster Frank Herzog on WMAL-FM in '81. Together, the three "provided the soundtrack for the Redskins’ three Super Bowl-winning seasons." Jurgensen "considered retirement" before the '17 season but "decided to return to the booth with a reduced schedule." He "called every home game that season" alongside Redskins Senior VP & Chief Content Officer Larry Michael and former NFLer Chris Cooley, but he "didn’t travel for six road games" (WASHINGTON POST, 8/9). ESPN.com's John Keim wrote the partnership of Jurgensen and Huff "became like family for Redskins fans." The two "would occasionally bicker on the air like two friends watching a game but had a clear chemistry and passion for the game," which "endeared them to generations of Redskins fans" (ESPN.com, 8/8).
TWITTER REAX: News of Jurgensen's retirement quickly spread across social media. Former WJFK-AM producer Cameron Gray tweeted, "This is bittersweet news and the end of a great era." ESPN's Keim: "One of the highlights for me was getting to know him over the years. Always loved talking to him. Smart; generous with his time/knowledge." USA Today's Mike Jones: "Sonny, Sam and Frank taught me so much about football as the Redskins moved right to left across the radio dial during those hour-long rides home from church as a kid."