Jerry Romig is as much a part of the New Orleans Saints as the team’s black and gold colors and the fleur-de-lis. After 44 years of calling home games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, without missing a game, Romig will hand over the mic to his son, Mark, after Friday’s preseason matchup against the Oakland Raiders.
“Friday night’s game will be my last game, full game,” Jerry Romig told WGNO News outside of Saints headquarters Tuesday afternoon. But Romig insists he’ll still be around and attending the games.
Romig’s trademark announcements of touchdowns and first downs have brought fans to their feet for more than four decades. His son insists he’s more concerned about collecting as much advice as possible, not tweaking fan-pleasing phrases.
“I’m listening a lot. I’ve got two ears and one mouth for a purpose,” the incoming Romig joked. “I’ll do it as long as the Saints organization wants me involved.”
“He better do a good job, right?” Jerry Romig said with a smile and a laugh before getting into his car and driving away from the Saints offices.