Veteran LSU play-by-play radio announcer Jim Hawthorne was honored Wednesday afternoon by the Louisiana House and Senate for his years calling LSU football, baseball and men’s basketball games.

In brief remarks to both chambers, Hawthorne said “never in my wildest dreams” could he imagine addressing state lawmakers.

“I know without question you could find someone more deserving to stand here than me,” he said. “But you could never find anyone more humbled and honored to stand here than me.

“God bless the great state of Louisiana and God bless America,” said Hawthorne, who plans to retire after the 2015-16 men’s basketball season.

He sang “God Bless America” during the opening of Wednesday’s House session.

Lawmakers presented Hawthorne with a resolution praising his career in radio, including 380 consecutive LSU football games.

The House recogniton was read by state Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe and play-by-play radio announcer for the University of Louisiana at Monroe football team.

Hoffmann said Hawthorne “has the innate abillity to paint a picture of what is happening on each play to make the listener feel like he is part of the action.”

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