Voice of Washington football Michael retires after 16 years

Larry Michael, the longtime voice of the Washington NFL team and a member of the front office, announced his retirement Wednesday after 16 years.

Michael was the lead play-by-play announcer for the club since 2004 after replacing Frank Herzog.

“After 16 great years my time with the organization is over,” Michael said in a statement. “As of today I’ll be retiring from my position with the team. As a lifelong Washingtonian I was blessed to work with a lot of great people. I want to thank everyone who contributed over the years. I’m especially grateful to (team owner) Dan Snyder for giving me the opportunity. On to the next chapter.”

The team did not issue a comment on Michael’s retirement.

Michael’s departure is the third in less than a week after the organization fired director of pro personnel Alex Santos and assistant director of pro personnel Richard Mann II on Saturday.

On Wednesday, the team promoted Jeff Scott to assistant director of pro scouting and advance coordinator, Mann’s former role.

Michael also served as the chief content officer and senior vice president overseeing production of all video content and television shows for the organization.

The franchise announced Monday that it is dropping Redskins as the team’s nickname after 87 years.