'The Voice of Crestview Football' retires after 55 years

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Bob Lynn accepts a plaque from Crestview High School Principal Bob Jones during the Crestview High School Sports Hall of Fame's 2012 induction ceremony.

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Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Bob Lynn has left the stadium.

After 55 years of announcing Crestview High School home football games, Lynn clambered down from the press box for the final Friday night.

But before retirement, Principal Bob Jones surprised Lynn with a plaque recognizing his more than half-century of dedication to the Bulldogs.

Additionally, the school band dedicated its last seasonal performance of the school fight song to Lynn and his statistician, Larry Stevens, who retired after 33 years.

"Bob has done a wonderful job, and we've been thrilled to have him here," Jones said. "He's been an institution at Crestview High School and we'll miss hearing him."

Lynn arrived at Crestview High in 1958 as an assistant football coach, and was promptly dispatched to the press box to call plays. Back then, the team played on the old Richbourg School field.

"The press box, as it were, was a 4-foot by 8-foot piece of plywood on two used telephone poles," Lynn said. "When the wind would blow, the poles would move."

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