Longtime play-by-play announcer for the Indianapolis Colts, Bob Lamey, announced his retirement in a statement released this past weekend saying, “It’s time.”
“Great things and great people,” Lamey continued. “I cannot thank Colts fans enough for their support through the years. I also owe the world to the Irsay family, particularly Jimmy. I’ve never worked for a better person or a ‘got-your-back’ boss like him. I will always bleed blue.”
Lamey spent 31 years as the voice of the Colts over the course of two tenures, the first being 1984-1991 and again from 1995-2018.
“With his historic calls, familiar sayings and passion for football, he became part of the fabric of this entire community,” said Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay in a joint news release with Lamey. “No one has been more ‘Indianapolis’ than Bob Lamey. Even more so, he was very much a part of our team family, and he’s as dear to us as anyone who has ever worn the Horseshoe.”
The Colts haven’t yet announced a permanent replacement for Lamey, but the team’s manager of radio production and sideline reporter, Matt Taylor, appears to be the leading candidate with the season opener right around the corner. Taylor will serve as the interim play-by-play announcer for the Colts, starting with Monday night’s preseason broadcast.
The 79 year old Lamey is most widely known for his work with the Colts, but the broadcaster previously called games for the Indianapolis Racers hockey team from 1974-1977 and the Indiana Pacers from 1977-84. Lamey was inducted into the Indiana Sports Broadcasters and Writers Hall of Fame in 2008