Friday, August 8, 2008

"Voice of Legion Field" Simpson Pepper dies at 79

Simpson Pepper, known as "The Voice of Legion Field," died at age 79 Thursday night. According to the Birmingham News, Pepper was preparing for his 45th year as the public address announcer this fall.
According to the newspaper, "Pepper became the public address voice for the University of Alabama in 1970. He was at the mike for the Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium until Tony Giles was hired in 1997." He was there for the national championships of Paul "Bear" Bryant and Gene Stallings, as well as Heisman winners Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan. Since 1997, he would call high school games in the area. He was also a coach and teacher. He was named principal of Jones Valley High School in 1978 and retired from the school in 1986.

Below is Simpson Pepper in his own words.

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