A new name isn’t the only change happening for the Washington Redskins.
Longtime play-by-play man Larry Michael announced his retirement from the team Wednesday after spending 16 years with the franchise. In addition to his play-by-play duties, Michael served as Washington’s chief content officer and senior vice president.
“After 16 great years my time with the organization is over,” Michael said in a statement. “As of today, I’ll be retiring from my position with the team. As a lifelong Washingtonian, I was blessed to work with a lot of great people. I want to thank everyone who contributed over the years. I’m especially grateful to Dan Snyder for giving me the opportunity. On to the next chapter.”
Michael did not give a reason for his retirement. Michael is the third veteran employee to leave the organization this week after executives Alex Santos and Richard Mann were fired on Sunday.
Michael took over play-by-play duties from Frank Herzog in 2004. He was most recently partnered with former tight end Chris Cooley, though was known for calling games with Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff.
Beyond his radio duties, Michael hosted “Redskins Nation” on NBC Sports Washington and was often the emcee at team events. The team hailed him as the “Voice of the Washington Redskins.”
ESPN was the first to report the news.