Gil Santos, the legendary “Voice of the Patriots,” passed away Thursday on his 80th birthday.
The play-by-play announcer called 743 Patriots games, including three Super Bowls, on his way to the Patriots Hall of Fame. One of his most famous calls came in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXXVI, as Adam Vinatieri lined up a 48-yard field goal with a championship on the line.
“Snap, ball down, kick up, kick is on the way and it is… good! It’s good! It’s good! Adam Vinatieri!” Santos said. “And the Patriots are Super Bowl champions. The Patriots are Super Bowl champions.”
“He will forever remain a special figure in the lives of generations of players, coaches, and fans who knew him and in the lives of those who will hear his legendary voice in the future,” Bill Belichick wrote.
Statement from Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick: pic.twitter.com/5D9XR1zdUN
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 20, 2018