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Longtime Neyland Stadium PA announcer Denton dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 9, 2014 at 6:22 pm •  Published: April 9, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bobby Denton, who worked as Neyland Stadium's public address announcer for nearly half a century, has died. He was 73.

James Safewright, president of Cremation Options Inc., confirmed that Denton had died Wednesday morning at his Knoxville home. Safewright had met with a Denton family member Wednesday, and the University of Tennessee's athletic department also issued a release announcing Denton's death.

Denton had worked as the PA announcer for Tennessee football since 1967. School officials said he had the longest tenure of any college football public address announcer in the nation.

"Bobby Denton's voice echoing throughout our iconic stadium will be forever etched in our fans' minds," Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said in a university release that included testimonials from numerous former Volunteer players and coaches. "For decades, he was a key component of the tradition within Neyland Stadium. He will be greatly missed by all."

Denton was perhaps best known for saying, "It's football time in Tennessee!" as every Volunteers home game kicked off. He also said each game that concession prices were included in the program and reminded fans to "pay these prices and please pay no more."

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