SEATTLE -- Bob Rondeau, who made the call "Touchdown Washington!" his trademark, will retire at the end of the 2017 football season, the University of Washington announced Thursday.
The 2017 season will be Rondeau's 37th. He told Athletic Department officials about his decision to retire earlier this month, the UW said.
"Being the voice of the Huskies has been the centerpiece of my professional life for nearly 40 years," Rondeau said in a statement. "It has allowed me to witness and to chronicle some of the greatest moments in University of Washington athletic history. Also, some of the most difficult. Throughout, I have cherished both the opportunity and the challenge to properly represent a great institution and to be connected to those who so passionately support it."
Rondeau began broadcasting football games for the Huskies in 1978, as an analyst alongside legendary Bruce King. He took over play-by-play duties in 1981.
He has announced Husky basketball games for 31 years.
Last year, Rondeau received the National Football Foundation's Chris Schenkel Award, presented annually in recognition of distinguished careers broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university. He was inducted into the Husky Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.