The former voice of the New England Patriots Gil Santos passed away Thursday.
Santos was 80 years old. Santos called many memorable Patriots games in his 36 years in the booth. During 28 of those games, he was alongside his partner Gino Capaletti.
Santos called the Super Bowl wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004.
Eyewitness News spoke with Santos shortly after he retired in 2013.
“It’s nice to know long after I’m no longer here, people will still be hearing calls I made, which is humbling,” Santos said in the interview. “Thirty-six years, I loved it, it was fun.”
Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft issued a statement on Santos’ passing:
For generations of Patriots fans, Gil Santos was and forever will be known as the ‘Voice of the Patriots.’ Tonight, I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing on a day that he was celebrating his 80th birthday and his 57th wedding anniversary to his wife, Roberta. Gil was a legendary broadcaster, who for 36 years passionately described the play-by-play detail of every Patriots game during his career, including many of the most memorable moments in franchise history. It was my privilege to honor Gil with his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013. His legacy and most memorable calls will live there for future generations of Patriots fans to enjoy. On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we extend our sincerest sympathies to Roberta, his daughter Kathleen, his son Mark and the many others who are mourning his loss.”
Patriots Hall of Fame Gino Cappelletti said in a statement to 22News:
My heart is heavy today learning of the loss of my dear friend, Gil Santos. For 28 seasons, Gil and I shared the excitement of broadcasting 485 Patriots games, including six Super Bowls. It was a remarkable journey. We experienced a lifetime of memorable moments, both in the booth and as friends. Gil was my broadcast partner, my friend, my compadre and the best play-by-play announcer on the planet. I send my love and prayers to Roberta, Kathy, Mark and the entire Santos family.”