Frank Herzog, Longtime Voice of the Washington Redskins, Retires

Josh McCainSenior Writer IMarch 10, 2010

ASHBURN, VA - JANUARY 06:  Mike Shanahan (C) shakes hands with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder (L) as General Manager Bruce Allen (R) looks on before Shanahan was announced as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins on January 6, 2010 in Ashburn, Virginia. Shanahan replaces former head coach Jim Zorn who was released January 4 following a 4-12 season.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Frank Herzog will probably best be remembered as the voice of the Washington Redskins, in fact for those of us who grew up during the 80s and 90s he will always be the voice of the Redskins, even though he hasn't called a game since the 2004 season.

This month though Frank, 65, plans on retiring from broadcasting.  He was reported as saying that he has two grandchildren to spoil.

Besides being the play-by-play announcer for the Washington Redskins from 1979-2004 he was also the play-by-play announcer for the Washington Bullets during their run for an NBA title in 1978, he has also made stops at the local CBS and ABC news, and more recently as a broadcaster for WTOP Radio.

Despite all of his accomplishments, for most D.C. sports fans his career can be summed up by his signature call "Touchdown! Redskins!"  A call that was all to familiar through out the 80s.

His retirement comes six years after he was relieved of his broadcasting duties with the Washington Redskins.

"I'm really disappointed, it's not the way you expect it to end. You'd like to walk off into the sunset and let it be your decision. But I've got a lot to be thankful for. I've called three Super Bowl championships, 498 consecutive games over 25 years and it was a great run. I'm still a good broadcaster. If I want to find another play-by-play job, I'd like to think someone might want to hire me."  Herzog told Frank Shapiro of the Washington Post after being let go.

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Like many in the District, I would turn down the volume of the television and watch Skins games while listening to Frank along with Sam Huff and Sonny Jurgenson.

However, that trend ended for me in 2004 when Herzog was replaced by Larry Michaels.. 

I don't have anything personal against Michaels, but he just isn't Frank and in my opinion not nearly as talented at calling a game.

Herzog continued to do the sports on local television and became a news broadcaster for WTOP radio after his dismissal.

He also had a cameo roll in last years Russel Crowe movie State of Play .  He can be seen sitting next to Ben Affleck (on Ben's right) on the Congressional Panel in several scenes.

When I saw him sitting there I geeked out, prompting my wife to tell me to "shut up".

For those of you younger Redskins fans out there who never had the pleasure of listening to Herzog call a game, I implore you to head to youtube or pick up any NFL Films video about the Washington Redskins.  Quite often the video is spliced with calls from Sonny, Sam, and Frank.

Frank, you may not have gotten to ride off into the sunset with the Skins, but at least you're going out your way when it comes to your broadcasting career. 

I think I speak for all of Washington when I say good luck to you in all of your future endeavors. And spoil those grand kids rotten.


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