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Jerry Romig
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    (November 16, 1929-December 23, 2015)
    Lifelong New Orleans resident
    Broadcaster, civic booster and public relations executive
    New Orleans Saints play-by-play public address announcer, serving 446 consecutive games (1969-2013)
    Called his last New Orleans Saints game in 2013; was succeeded by his son Mark later that same year
    Joined the staff of the afternoon New Orleans States in the Sports Department, in 1953
    Joined WDSU Channel 6 Broadcasting Services in 1955
    Spent 19 years with Channel 6, eventually achieving the status of Vice-President
    Hired to call Green Wave games, in 1968; hired to replace announcer Buddy Diliberto to call Saints games, a year later
    Left WDSU, to accept a position with the Archdiocese of New Orleans, in 1974
    Became the founding President and General Manager of WLAE-TV, Channel 32
    President and Chairman of the Sugar Bowl Committee; President of the Press Club of New Orleans
    Retired from broadcasting, joining Peter A. Mayer as Parish Medical Senior Council, from 2004 to 2008
    Hosted the syndicated health/medicine-related talk show, 'Tulane On-Call' on Cox TV, as well as the New Orleans Aviation Board regular cable show
    His rallying cry? 'Firrsst downn! Saaainntsss!!'
    His catchphrase was so closely associated with him that he was regularly asked to repeat it by people in non-sports settings (he always did).
    This catch phrase incidentally also became his given nickname when he was made an honorary member of the 610 Stompers.
    He claimed to have kept his snarling baritone sportscaster voice in shape with a mixture of honey and lemon juice.
    His son recalled him getting so excited after a play, that he pounded his fist into a table and had to spend the second half of the game with his hand in a cup of ice.
    He was elected to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
    He was named one of the 10 Outstanding Persons by the Institute for Human Understanding, in recognition of his charity work (1988).
    He joined the Daughters of Charity to create an Office of Development for Hotel Dieu Hospital, which later became University Hospital (1990).
    He was the recipient of the YLC's Role Model of the Year Award, and received the Volunteer Activist Award from the St. Elizabeth's Guild.
    He began his career at the age of sixteen, when he began writing as a stringing reporter for the Times Picayune newspaper.
    As a boy, he took part in a 5 1/2 hour, three-mile procession from downtown New Orleans to City Park massive four-day reception for Pope Pius XI, in October 1938.
    He was part of the Channel 6 Broadcasting team that was awarded the George Foster Peabody Medal for Public Service Television.
    He and his wife of sixty years took in well over two dozen foster children.
    He was honored by Mayor Mitch Landrieu with the New Orleans Legends Award.
    His family home in Lakeview was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, along with photos of his children and the foster children he reared with his wife.
    When he stepped away from his microphone in 2013, the team gave him one of the bulky, diamond-encrusted rings that commemorated the Saints' Super Bowl victory in 2010.
    The stadium's house control booth was renamed the Jerry Romig House Control Booth A.
    He is recipient of the Order of St. Louis Medal and was honored by Pope John Paul II as a Knight of St. Gregory.

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