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Nick Saban on Eli Gold: ‘our thoughts and prayers are with him’

Eli Gold speaks outside of Denny Chimes
Photo courtesy of The University of Alabama

When speaking with the media at the annual Nick’s Kids Foundation Giveaway Luncheon, Nick Saban had the opportunity to offer his thoughts and prayers to Alabama’s legendary broadcaster Eli Gold.

Vice president and general manager of Crimson Tide Sports Marketing, Jim Carabin, announced in a press release early Wednesday morning that Gold would be sidelined for the beginning of the 2022 football season due to unspecified health issues.

“Eli has done a fantastic job of being the voice of our iconic brand at the University of Alabama for a long, long time,” Saban said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, and we certainly hope that he has a speedy recovery. He’s a good friend, and he’s been a great ambassador for the University of Alabama. We appreciate all he’s done, more than you know.”

Gold has been the voice of the Crimson Tide football team since 1988.

Stepping in for Gold will be Chris Stewart, the play-by-play announcer for Alabama basketball. Stewart will also be taking up the duty of hosting the Nick Saban Radio Show every Thursday in place of Gold.

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77

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