From Herschel to a Hob-nailed Boot: The Life and Times of Larry Munson

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The University of Georgia has been playing football since 1892, and in that time a host of great players and coaches have inspired the passions of its ultra-loyal fans. But in all that time there has only been one Voice of Georgia football. And for 43 years, that voice touched the Bulldog Nation down to its very soul.

It was the voice of the incomparable Larry Munson.

Munson was a solid, competent broadcaster when he became the radio persona of the Bulldogs in 1966. In the early years Georgia fans didn t think the Minneapolis native was anything special. But it wasn t long before Munson achieved legendary status and earned the undying loyalty of the Georgia people with a series of classic calls that several generations of the Bulldog faithful can still recite by heart:

Run Lindsay!
Hunker down, you guys!
Look at the sugar falling out of the sky!
We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose!
Appleby to Washington! 80 yards!
My God! A freshman!

Say any of those phrases to a Georgia fan, and he can tell you where he was and what he was doing at the precise moment when Munson screamed those immortal words. Munson s calls are that ingrained into the culture of the South.

After 43 seasons and almost 500 games as the heartbeat of Georgia football, Larry Munson retired on Septemeber 22, 2008. Now he is ready to tell the incredible story of his life, which began in the lakes and the hunting fields of Minnesota and eventually took him to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

In From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot, Munson holds nothing back and gives the inside story of the love affair between a broadcaster and his loyal followers. It is a must-read for Georgia fan and college football fans of every persuasion.

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For 43 years (1966–2008) Larry Munson was the legendary football radio voice for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. But on September 22, 2008, at the age of 86, Larry announced that it was time to step aside from the one job he loved more than any other in his remarkable career. For decades publishers have been trying to get Larry to write a book about his life. He always declined, saying he had neither the time nor the patience and even asking, “Who would care?” Well, college football fans everywhere care, and today they are celebrating because Larry is finally ready to tell his incredible story.

About the Author:

Larry Munson was hired as the radio voice of the Georgia Bulldogs in 1966 and over the next 43 years became one of the most beloved broadcasters in college football history. He worked at numerous stations before landing the job as the Voice of the Bulldogs, where he remained until his retirement two games into the 2008 season.

Munson has received every major award in broadcasting. On May 4, 2009, he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. He has been honored twice by the Georgia State Legislature and General Assembly. He is a member of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and the Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame.

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