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Cunningham - the voice from the box

By Michael Butler

For 28 years, Jerry Cunningham has been the public address announcer for Tallassee High School football games. When the lights go back on this Friday night, the tradition will continue.

It began in 1990 after Freddie Patterson stepped down from the booth after seven years as the PA man.

"I'm just there to provide facts," said Cunningham of his role from the press box. "People shouldn't notice me. If they do, I'm talking too much."

In the age of "rah rah" guys, even over loudspeakers at ball games, Cunningham is the symbol of professionalism.

"You've got somebody on the other side too. I'm trying to be very careful. I don't want to be a homer."

Being positive is key, "making kids look good. You try to explain calls on the field."

The position is a volunteer job for Cunningham, although he does receive complimentary food from the concession stand.

"I get some popcorn and a drink," he said. "I really enjoy it and am glad to be a part of it. I still look forward to doing it on Friday nights."

Tallassee kicks off the 2018 season vs. Catholic on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium.

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