JERRY ROMIG 2018-06-01T10:02:59-05:00

Project Description

THE ICON: Jerry Romig

THE LEGACY: Ask any Saints fan, and he or she will tell you that the game-day experience at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is a sensory feast, a heady whirl of sights, sounds, smells and raw, unbridled excitement. For 44 years, a key part of that were the pipes of Jerry Romig, whose cries from the skies as the team’s in-stadium play-by-play announcer — including his trademark “First down, Saiiiiints!” — kept the black-and-gold faithful both apprised and energized, and which were as much as part of game day as the Who Dat chant and Dome Foam. His secret? It wasn’t just a job for him. It was a passion. “I love football enough that I want to be a part of it,” he said in a 2009 interview. “I want to be part of something that is so meaningful to the city of New Orleans.”

THE ARTIST: Sean Randall, WhereYart.net

THE INSPIRATION: “Dad’s passion never changed because he never stopped being a fan. … I remember him getting so excited after a play, he pounded his fist into a table and had to spend the second half of the game with his hand in a cup of ice.” — Mark Romig, the son and the in-booth successor of Jerry Romig