Gil Santos was as good as it gets in a broadcasting booth.
The entire New England Patriots community is coming together and compiling their favorite memories from his days working with the team.
Current play-by-play Patriots broadcaster Bob Socci has a thread dedicated to Santos.
For me, the truly lasting memory is the sound of Gil Santos, and a voice I still hear in my head as clearly as that afternoon listening to him and Gino on my old Sony Walkman. As New Englanders had long realized, Gil was the perfect - yes, perfect - football broadcaster.— Bob Socci (@BobSocci) April 20, 2018
Many other members of the local media, including former Patriots, have shared their favorite memories of Gil.
Just out of the Navy - clueless - wander into WBZ and ask to speak to Gil Santos - he not only spends an hour with me - but makes a phone call and gets me a job at WNBH where he started - changed my life - forever grateful - Gil was as good as it gets on a fall Sunday afternoon— Mike Gorman (@celticsvoice) April 20, 2018
This happened nearly 20 years ago, and it still gives me chills every time I listen to it.— Marc Bertrand (@Marc_Bertrand) April 20, 2018
We’ve lost a New England radio legend. Rest in peace, Gil. pic.twitter.com/WnFzEG58z7
Gil Santos either didn’t know or didn’t care that he was a legend. Because he never acted like one. Rest In Peace, Gil.— Steve Buckley (@BuckinBoston) April 20, 2018
My play-by-play in heaven is a constant loop of calls by Bob Wilson, Gil Santos and Ned Martin. #mercy to them all.— Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) April 20, 2018
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
When I think about some of the happiest moments of my professional life, Gil Santos’ legendary voice is prominently there. And he was a class act to boot. Sad sad news for #PatriotsNation.— Matt Chatham (@chatham58) April 20, 2018
So sorry to hear of the passing of Gil Santos..I have fond memories from the days when we traveled together doing Celtics games..He was a great broadcaster But what a wonderful guy who was a lot of fun to hang out with...He’ll be sorely missed— Glenn Ordway (@GlennDOrdway) April 20, 2018
Will always feel honored that I knew Gil Santos. This was taken at the home opener in Gil’s final season calling the Pats. RIP. pic.twitter.com/ucFxL0MjUy— Dave Goucher (@DavidCGoucher) April 20, 2018
I was like 24 when I became the voice of Boston College Football.— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) April 20, 2018
I honestly don’t know what I would’ve done without Gil on Patriots for me to study. And I’m grateful that years later I got to tell him that.
Gil & Gino were that special, greater-than-the-sum-of-the-parts teams. https://t.co/pr4SW2WpV6
I grew up listening to Gil Santos. His inimitable voice was part the fabric of life in these parts. He embodied professionalism for younger announcers such as myself. He was and will remain a true legend of New England sports broadcasting. https://t.co/d6HPgk1ImN— Brad Feldman (@BradFeldman_) April 20, 2018