Iconic broadcaster for Georgia Bulldogs football, Loran Smith was hospitalized earlier this week after suffering a broken hip and fractured elbow while attending practice. According to the team, the 80-year old Smith was injured after two players ran out of bounds and collided with the broadcaster.
“It was a sideline play and unfortunately he got pretty injured,” head coach Kirby Smart said. “Hopefully, he’ll be able to bounce back.”
Smith is expected to make a full recovery and could be released from the hospital later this week after undergoing surgery on Tuesday.
“I was volunteering at the hospital today and you’d thought the president was there. They had it on lock-down,” Smith’s close friend Bill Saye told Dawg Nation. “I’m sure he was talking to somebody and not paying attention. As many practices as he’s been to, it’s a wonder it hasn’t happened before.”
Smith joined the Georgia Bulldog football radio broadcast in 1974 as their sideline reporter and still contributes to their pregame show. Smith, who was elected to the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1997, has been a syndicated radio host, columnist and author of multiple books, previously serving as the executive director of fundraising for Georgia Bulldog athletics.