Sandy Roberts is hanging up the microphone after 46 years in Australian TV broadcasting.
Roberts is retiring from TV commentary after a distinguished career in which he’s called over 1100 VFL/AFL games for the Seven Network and Fox Footy.
Roberts was also involved in eight Summer Olympics and three Winter Olympics broadcasts.
He also covered tennis, golf and racing.
“I want to thank all the viewers for welcoming me in to their lounge rooms for almost five decades,” Roberts said on Saturday.
“It’s an absolute honour to call live sport on TV for a living and to share that excitement with fans.
“It’s now time to hand over the commentary box keys to young-guns.”
Roberts said he plans to continue commentating AFL on radio.
Sandy Roberts’ TV career:
1100+ AFL/VFL games
19 Grand Finals
11 total Olympics
25 years covering Australian Open tennis
25 years covering US/British Open golf
Tributes pour in for ‘legend’:
Sandy Roberts is retiring from TV.
–– 1100+ AFL/VFL games
–– 19 Grand Finals
–– 11 total Olympics
–– 25 years of Australian Open
–– 25+ years of US/British Open
–– "There's a pig at full-forward."
–– "Oh my hat."
A legendary voice of Australian sport. 👏 pic.twitter.com/mg6i7ByFK6
— 7AFL (@7AFL) February 9, 2019
Growing up watching Sandy Roberts call the footy helped me and many others fall in love with the game. From "There's a pig on the ground", "Billy, you're the king of Geelong" "What more can you say" and of course "Oh my Hat."
All the best in retirementhttps://t.co/PsIjXriE47
— Dylan Leach (@leachitup) February 9, 2019
— Jim Wilson (@JimWilsonTV) February 9, 2019
“What More Can You Say” – Sandy Roberts
Sandy was one of the favourites watching footy on the weekends, calling Grand Finals and classic regular season games, he was one of the great callers that made footy weekends special.
— Paul Persic (@Paul_Persic97) February 9, 2019
Sad to hear Sandy Roberts is retiring. A voice of my childhood and an amazing broadcaster. Will be missed
— Ben Waterworth (@benwaterworth62) February 9, 2019
— Daniel (@Super_Dan85) February 9, 2019
Sandy Roberts is a genuine icon in TV. ‘Daicos, this is where he is at his best, the master’ is Sandy at his best.
— Tim Cahill FC (@RohanCT) February 9, 2019
‘Back towards to Jarman, Jarmannnn….yes Darren Jarman’ sad news that Sandy Roberts is calling it a day. One of the best and one of my favourites https://t.co/Y3RkpK35mW
— John Hunt (@JohnHunt1992) February 9, 2019
A legend of our game. One of the most professional sporting hosts I’ve worked with ..and always quick with a quip that would bring a smile to your face. “Oh My Hat!” I will miss his commentary and the cheeky smile Sandy brought to everything he did. https://t.co/j5LxVMnrs5
— NickMcCallum7 (@NickMcCallum7) February 9, 2019