For many New England Patriots fans the baritone sound of Gil Santos’ voice meant that another fall was taking shape in New England. For 36 years (1966-1979, 1991-2012), Santos has been the voice of New England Patriots football.
In 1966 Santos and the legendary Bob Starr replaced Bob Gallagher and Ned Martin in the broadcast booth and it was the start of a New England love affair between Santos and the fans.
The first five years in the booth, he was the Number 2 guy with Starr doing play-by-play. That changed in 1971 when Santos took over the play-by-play call when John Carlson joined him for one season. In 1972 Patriots ownership put together the crew that would be together for a total of 28 years when they paired Santos with longtime Patriots player and former AFL MVP Gino Cappelletti.
In 1979 they replaced Cappelletti with another former Patriots player Jon Morris and after that season Santos himself was out when the team changed flagship stations from WBZ to WEEI a...