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Munson has blood clot removed from brain

Legendary voice of Bulldogs expected to call home games this fall

By CHIP TOWERS

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 04/05/08

Athens -- Larry Munson is down, but he's not out.

The legendary voice of the Georgia Bulldogs underwent brain surgery Friday but is expected to make a full recovery and still plans on calling football games this fall, according to UGA and WSB Radio.

Munson, 85, was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital for tests on Thursday and a CT scan revealed a subdural hematoma -- or blood clots -- on his brain. Surgery to correct the problem was performed on Friday and Munson was recovering and resting comfortably Saturday, according to people who have visited him.

Radio officials became concerned Thursday when Munson struggled with his weekly on-air segment "Larry Munson Inside on Sports" on WSB and other stations on the Georgia network. WSB pulled his spots Friday until further notice.

"I saw him after the [G-Day] game and [he] was happy to hear that Caleb King did as well as he did," said Neil "Hondo" Williamson, who is WSB radio's director of sports marketing and works with Munson on the Bulldogs' broadcasts. "He smiled real big when he saw that."

Williamson said they still expect Munson to call Georgia's home games this fall. Munson, 85 and in failing health, quit going on the road with the Bulldogs last season. He was originally scheduled to call the G-Day game but pulled out last week because he was not feeling well.

Munson is scheduled to do his 43rd season of Georgia football this fall. "Of course we're hopeful he'll be able to do it," Williamson said.

Munson, who began calling Georgia football games in 1966, has achieved rock-star-like fame among Bulldogs' fans for his passionate play-by-play and unforgettable calls on historic plays.

"Run, Lindsay, run!" he implored Lindsay Scott on his 93-yard touchdown catch to beat Florida in the 1980 national championship season. When Georgia upset Tennessee in 2001, he said the Bulldogs "just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose. We just crushed their face."

Munson's family and his attending medical staff ask that his fans respect his privacy during his recovery. Anyone wishing to send cards or letters to him is asked to send them to the following address: Larry Munson, c/o UGA Athletic Association, P.O. Box 1472, Athens, GA 30603.

"I was really pleased to hear that Larry's surgery went well on Friday," athletics director Damon Evans said in statement released by UGA. "All of us in the Bulldog Nation wish him a full and speedy recovery."

Munson received the Furman Bisher Award from the Atlanta Sports Council this year for a lifetime achievement in sports broadcasting and was named him an Honorary Letterman by the Bulldogs last season. He also has been honored by the National Football Foundation, the College Hall of Fame, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and the Georgia State Legislature.

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ki45toryu (4/6/2008)
The term subdural hematoma is actually a misnomer....its unfortunate thatit still gets dragged into medical vernacular.

Good luck on your recovery sir...hopefuly you'll be back to full mobility soon.

here Ki45 goes again with his mumbo jumbo doctor talk. please speak english, so us common folk can understand.

GET well soon

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