NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu presented a Key to the City to Jerry Romig, the longtime public address announcer of the New Orleans Saints, in honor of his 44 years of service.
Romig, who called every Saints home game since 1969, announced the final game of his career as the Saints beat the Oakland Raiders 28-20 in an exhibition game on August 16. His parting words at the PA microphone were, “It’s been fun. Goodnight. I love you.”
Mayor Landrieu presented the City’s highest honor during a meeting today with Romig, his wife Janice, daughter Mary Beth Romig and son and Mark Romig.
During his long tenure as public address announcer, Romig announced Super Bowls, Sugar Bowls, Bayou Classics, Tulane games and high school football games.
Romig started as a public address announcer for the Tulane University’s football games in 1968. A year later in 1969, he was hired to replace Buddy Diliberto as the Saints’ announcer. He has announced a total of 446 exhibition and regular season games.
The New Orleans Saints will honor Mr. Romig for his service with a Super Bowl XLIV ring during pregame of the regular-season home opener against Atlanta on Sunday, September 8. Also, the organization has renamed the house control booth at the Superdome as the "Jerry Romig House Control Booth A."
Mark Romig will step inside the booth to carry on his father’s legacy when he begins announcing Saints games starting with the regular season opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, September 8.