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'I will always bleed blue' - Bob Lamey retires as Colts radio voice

Bob Lamey, the radio voice of the Colts since the moved to Indianapolis from Baltimore in 1984, is retiring.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Bob Lamey, the long-time radio voice of the Colts is retiring.

The Colts posted the announcement Sunday afternoon:

So why now? "I have had a great deal of fun for 35 years, and it’s time."

Lamey was the voice of the Colts from 1984 to 1991, then again from 1995-2018.

He will remember "Great things and great people. I cannot thank Colts fans enough for their support through the years. I also owe the world to the Irsay family, particularly (Colts owner) Jimmy. I’ve never worked for a better person or a ‘got-your-back’ boss like him. I will always bleed blue.”

Irsay foreshadowed the announcement late Sunday morning in a Twitter post that said, "We're losing a legend today."

Then the confirmation came from Irsay early Sunday afternoon, calling Lamey an "icon" in another tweet.

In an announcement posted on Colts.com, the team says Matt Taylor, Colts radio host and preseason sideline reporter, will "handle play-by-play duties in the interim."

Taylor serves as the manager of radio production for the Colts.

Earlier this month, Lamey told WTHR's Bob Kravitz, "As long as my body holds up and my health is decent, I'll be here. My health now is as good as it's been in 30-years. I don't have issues. Now, like everybody walking out here, five minutes from now, who knows? You don't know when that time is going to come. But right now, I'm exactly where I want to be.''

As it turned out, "that time" came less than two weeks later for Lamey, who spent 31 years calling Colts games.

Reaction to the news began almost immediately.

Irsay was quoted on the Colts website, saying, "With his historic calls, familiar sayings and passion for football, he became part of the fabric of this entire community. No one has been more ‘Indianapolis’ than Bob Lamey. Even more so, he was very much a part of our team family, and he's as dear to us as anyone who has ever worn the Horseshoe."