After 45 years as a broadcaster, former Washington Redskins quarterback Sonny Jurgensen announced his retirement on Thursday.
Jurgensen, 84, became a color commentator in 1974 after retiring from an 18-year career as a player. After starting with CBS, he was part of the Redskins’ radio broadcasts for more than four decades.
“I’ve decided to hang up my headphones and my clipboard,” Jurgensen said in a team-issued statement. “It’s been a great 55 years in Washington. I want to thank our Redskin fans for being so generous to me and our teams, we owe it all to you. I’ve had so many wonderful memories of thousands of teammates I’ve played with and talked about during my years in radio and television in Washington D.C.”
“I’ll always be a fan of professional football and appreciative of all that it has done for me, my family and our city. I’ll leave you with these words, Hail to the Redskins!”
Jurgensen enjoyed a storied playing career in the nation’s capital, playing 11 seasons with Washington after seven with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was named to five Pro Bowls and was the franchise’s all-time passing leader before being passed by Joe Theismann.
Jurgensen was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.
—Field Level Media