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Bob Rondeau, longtime voice of the Huskies, to retire after 2017 season

Bob Rondeau, the longtime voice of Washington Huskies football and men’s basketball, will retire following the 2017 football season, the university announced Thursday.

Rondeau’s UW broadcasting career started in 1978 as a football analyst, and he moved over to play-by-play in 1981. He added basketball announcing duties in the mid-1980s. Washington inducted Rondeau into the Husky Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. His last season will be his 37th with the university.

“Bob Rondeau is an icon of Husky Athletics,” Washington director of athletics Jennifer Cohen said in a press release. “In nearly four decades of outstanding work, he has narrated many of the most memorable Husky sports moments. His work has been nationally recognized, and he has represented our institution with exceptional class and dignity throughout the decades. We all owe Bob a debt of gratitude for his service to this university, and we look forward to sending him off the right way after one final season.”

Rondeau also shared a statement in the release.

“Being the Voice of the Huskies has been the centerpiece of my professional life for nearly 40 years,” he said. “It has allowed me to witness and to chronicle some of the greatest moments in University of Washington athletic history. Also, some of the most difficult. Throughout, I have cherished both the opportunity and the challenge to properly represent a great institution and to be connected to those who so passionately support it. I hope I have succeeded.”

You can view the full statement on the UW athletics website.