'The Voice of Crestview Football' retires after 55 years

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

The sound system was a bullhorn powered by an extension cord run up to the platform, which had no railings, Lynn said. None of that mattered to him.

"I enjoyed having the best seat in the house," Lynn said.

Memorable moment

"I've seen some mighty good teams over these years," Lynn said. And he's watched some exceptional athletes in their formative years. He was announcing a Crestview game against Escambia High School when Emmett Smith played. Smith, now a college and pro football hall of famer, holds the career rushing record in the NFL, running more yards than any player in the league.

"He was the best running back I ever saw," Lynn said. "When you gave him the ball, it was an instant 6 points on the scoreboard. He was awesome."

Lynn's 55 years in the press box were voluntary, Jones said, adding that no successor has stepped forward to volunteer their time as game day announcer.

Lynn continues as sports information director of the Okaloosa and Walton Counties All-Sports Association, and as president of the local Military Appreciation Recognition Celebration committee.

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