BOULDER, Colo. -- The legendary voice of Colorado Buffaloes football, Larry Zimmer, broadcast for the final time at Folsom Field on his 80th birthday Friday night.
After 50 years of calling college football games on the radio, including the last 42 at CU, Zimmer said the time is right.
“I’ve been prepared for this,” Zimmer said. “I’m ready for it.”
When we asked “Zim” (as his friends and colleagues call him) about his favorite memory, it wasn’t about a game or a moment but about the people.
“When I have players that played in the 70s come up to me and hug me and they’re happy to see me – that’s very important to me. Yeah there were some great games that I enjoyed, but it’s about the players."
And it’s not just the players that love Zim. He’s a fan favorite.
“When I think of football in the state of Colorado, I think of Larry Zimmer,” one said.
“He’s the voice of the Buffaloes, but he’s also the face of the Buffaloes. There’s no stronger representative of the University of Colorado than Zimmer.”
CU fans feel a special bond with the man they counted on to paint the picture of games for more than 40 years.
“That makes me feel very good,” Zimmer said. “Because that’s who I work for. Somebody else may have written the pay checks, but I work for the fans.”
Countless wins and memories with the Buffs, and one final farewell Friday night at Folsom Field.
“I don’t exactly plan to walk away from CU,” Zimmer said. “I’ve got two seats over in the club level, I’ve never sat in them but beginning next year I will probably sit in them. And I’ll come to the games and be a fan.”
CU fans have one last chance to hear the legendary voice of Larry Zimmer as he will be in the booth for the Buffs final game of the season at Utah.