Legendary sports broadcaster Sandy Roberts retires from TV

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.

Sandy Roberts in 2015. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for the ASTRA Awards)

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.”

Bruce McAvaney and Sandy Roberts in 1997. (Photo by Getty Images)

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’: