Legendary Patriots broadcaster Gil Santos passed away today on his birthday at the age of 80.
The long-time voice of the Pats served in the booth for a total of 36 years, mostly alongside former Patriots kicker Gino Cappelletti. Santos also served as the morning sports anchor for WBZ radio.
Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft released a statement on his passing:
Statement from Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft on the passing of Patriots Hall of Fame Broadcaster Gil Santos: pic.twitter.com/gfrmcGoy6S— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 20, 2018
Santos was in the booth for 743 Patriots games, 15 playoff runs and 6 Super Bowls. His signature call was of Adam Vinatieri's game-winning field goal in Super Bowl XXXVI, clinching the Patriots' first of five Super Bowl titles.
He was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013, only the second non-player to earn that honor.
The versatile Santos also called basketball games for the Celtics and Providence College, as well as college football games for Boston College and Penn State. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.
- MORE ON GIL SANTOS - Tributes to Santos pour in on social media
Oh my god no. Just spoke with him last week. Great broadcaster , better family man. Devastated ...he and Gino were so good to me. Class act. I am so saddened by this https://t.co/RbWRu5lK0z— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) April 20, 2018
Gil Santos was born in Acushnet and spent most of his adult life living in the town of Raynham.