NEW ORELANS - After serving as the public address announcer for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for 44 years and calling 445 games long-time announcer Jerry Romig will call his final game on Friday Aug. 16 as the New Orleans Saints face off against the Oakland Raiders in a preseason match-up. Jerry's son Mark will continue the Romig legacy as he will begin his stint as PA announcer at the Saints' regular season opener against Atlanta on Sunday Sept. 8.

"Jerry has been a part of the Saints family since our third season and we couldn't be more grateful for his passion and love for the Saints as our PA announcer" said Owner/Chairman of the Board Tom Benson. "We are thrilled that his son Mark will carry on the Romig torch as our fans have an incredible affection for Jerry and his trademark call during games. Jerry's voice is embedded in our game experience and we know that fans will enjoy Mark as our new announcer as he carries on his father's legacy."

Friday's game will mark Jerry's 446th game as announcer as he has never missed a home game. Through last week's preseason win over Kansas City he has made thousands of his trademark calls including 1014 "Touchdown Saints" 1352 "It's Good!" calls for field goals and extra points and 4157 "First Down Saints" calls. In addition to Saints games Jerry has announced four Super Bowl games in New Orleans as well as every Sugar Bowl and BCS contest.

"It has been such a great honor. I have been honored by the leadership of this community the Superdome and the Saints organization to be the voice of the Superdome" said Jerry Romig. "I've enjoyed every moment - there have been some great moments. There will probably be tears on Friday. I'm going to miss it; no doubt about it. I'm a fan and I like to keep that in mind all the time. I've been blessed-somebody has been watching over me for along to have kept me in front of that microphone for such a long time."

To honor Jerry for his dedication and enthusiasm the Saints will present him with a Super Bowl XLIV ring during pre-game of the Saints' home opener against the Falcons. Additionally the house control booth will be renamed the "Jerry Romig House Control Booth" in his honor. Fans can re-live some of Jerry's most memorable games on NewOrleansSaints.com as the site will host a season-long video series called "First down...Saints." A new video will be published prior to each home game.

Jerry's first game as PA announcer was August 30 1969 at a preseason match-up against the Atlanta Falcons at Tulane Stadium in front of over 69000 people. Jerry announced many exciting Saints plays at Tulane Stadium including the infamous 63-yard field goal by Tom Dempsey as time expired to give the team a win over the Detroit Lions in 1970. During the season opener in 1971 Jerry called first-round draft pick Archie Manning's professional debut as he ran out the clock to give the Saints a win over the Los Angeles Rams.

In 1975 the Saints moved into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome where he called some of the most memorable plays in team history including many extra points and field goals made by Saints' Hall of Fame inductee Morten Andersen. The most memorable for Jerry was Andersen's game-ending field goal to give the Saints their first playoff berth on New Year's Eve with a win over the Rams.