Jim Hawthorne, the radio voice of LSU football, will miss his first game since becoming LSU’s play-by-play guy in 1982.
Hawthorne underwent a successful medical procedure last week that will force him to miss LSU’s contest against Alabama this weekend, according to a school press release. That means Saturday will snap Hawthorne’s streak of 387 consecutive LSU football games called, according to The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais.
“I appreciate all of the wonderful thoughts, prayers and well-wishes from LSU fans,” Hawthorne said in the release. “The show of support has been overwhelming. It’s truly humbling to have so many people call, email, and send text messages asking how I’m doing. I can’t respond to all of them, but they are very much appreciated.”
Patrick Wright, LSU’s women’s basketball announcer, will replace Hawthorne on the call while he recovers, and Gordy Rush will handle the hosting duties on the weekly Les Miles radio show on Wednesday, according to the release.
Hawthorne, 71, was the recipient of the Chris Schenkel Award for broadcasting this year and will retire at the conclusion of the 2015-16 LSU men’s basketball season. He is expected to make a full recovery from this procedure.