Jerry Romig, the familiar voice of New Orleans sporting events at Tulane Stadium and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, will call his final game Friday night when the Saints play the Oakland Raiders.
Romig, who turns 84 in November, has been the public address announcer for the Saints for 44 years — taking the microphone in 1969, when the team still played its home games in Tulane Stadium.
He also did Sugar Bowl games and four Super Bowls before the NFL hired a full-time announcer to work the league’s signature events — the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and draft.
Romig — who will be replaced in the PA booth by his son, Mark — decided to step away when a bad back, on which he’s had two surgeries already this year, continued to give him trouble.
Jerry Romig said he hurt his back when he was leaving the Superdome after the 2011 BCS National Championship game. He was walking to his car when he fell.
“Going to my car, I missed a step in the parking garage, and that was the beginning of a new life for me,” Romig said Tuesday outside the Saints’ offices in Metairie after informing team officials of his decision.
Romig said he wanted to go on. He worked the Saints’ exhibition opener with the Kansas City Chiefs last Friday night before deciding it was too much.
“It is really a tough situation going anywhere physically,” Romig said. “It’s been hell. My voice is fine. But I can’t physically (do it).”
Mark Romig, president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, said the Saints will honor his father before the regular-season opener on Sept. 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.