Longtime New England Patriots broadcaster Gil Santos dies at 80

Former New England Patriots broadcaster Gil Santos died on Thursday night. Santos called games for the Patriots for 36 seasons before he retired in 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Legendary New England Patriots play-by-play announcer Gil Santos died on his birthday on Thursday night. He was 80 years old.


Santos was the radio voice of the Patriots for 36 seasons from 1966-1980, and then from 1991-2012 when he retired. He called six of New England’s Super Bowl appearances, and was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013.

Santos also called games for the Boston Celtics, Boston College and Penn State football, and Providence College and other Big East basketball games in his career.

“For generations of Patriots fans, Gil Santos was and forever will be known as the ‘Voice of the Patriots,'” New England owner Robert Kraft said in a statement on Thursday. “Tonight, I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing on a day that he was celebrating his 80th birthday and his 57th wedding anniversary to his wife, Roberta.

“Gil was a legendary broadcaster, who for 36 years passionately described the play-by-play detail of every Patriots game during his career, including many of the most memorable moments in franchise history. It was my privilege to honor Gil with his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013. His legacy and most memorable calls will live there for future generations of Patriots fans to enjoy.

“On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we extend our sincerest sympathies to Roberta, his daughter Kathleen, his son Mark and the many others who are mourning his loss.”

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