If ever you have been to the Mercedes Benz Superdome for a New Orleans Saints Game, you have heard the voice of the Saints in the Superdome, and now he is ready to turn-off the microphone for good. After calling Saints games for nearly four decades, Jerry Romig will retire after this Friday's Pre-Season game against the Oakland Raiders.

You may never recognize Romig if you crossed in him the French Quarter, but you would certainly recognize his signature voice when he says, "Firrrsssst Downnnn! Saaaaaaainnntsss!”

According to the website NOLA.com, Romig began his career as a public address announcer when he was hired by Tulane Athletic Director Rix Yard in 1968 to work Green Wave games. He replaced a longtime voice, that of Jack Dolan, who called the first season for the Saints.

As a native of New Orleans, Romig has been lucky to call several games, other than just Saints games. He has been behind the mic for Super Bowls, Bowl Games, and other sporting events in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

The legendary broadcaster has been fortunate enough work along side two of his children in the booth, and while his children may miss him in the booth high above the field in the dome, over 70,000 fans will also miss his call anytime the Saints make a "Firrrrrrssssst Downnnnn!!!" WWL-Radio reports that the Saints will present Mr. Romig with a Super Bowl XLIV ring during Pre-Game festivities at the Saints' home opener against the Atlanta Falcons. The team also announced that Jerry Romig's son, Mark, will succeed his father as the Superdome's PA announcer.

We wish him well in the years ahead and we salute him for all of the years that he has given to the New Orleans Saints organization. Mr. Romig's voice may be a thing of the past in the Mercedes Benz Superdome after this Friday, but it will never be forgotten.

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