Since 1982, Mike Collins has been the public address announcer for football games at Notre Dame Stadium. But after nearly 40 years on the job, it looks like Collins is just about ready to call it quits. The longtime announcer for the Fighting Irish is heading into his final year on the job.
On Friday, Notre Dame announced that 2020 will be Collins’ final year as the public address announcer. A former Notre Dame grad in his own right, Collins has called 227 straight home games since getting the job.
In an official statement, Collins said that he’s in good health and wants to be able to “walk out with my head held high.” He has enjoyed being able to work for “the most prestigious institution in the world.”
“I told my wife, ‘If Fr. Ted (Hesburgh) can retire at 75, that’s good enough for me,’” Collins said. “There is no one reason, but I can walk out with my head held high, good health and be proud that I’ll be better for my last game than my first. I’ve always viewed myself as an ambassador of Our Lady’s University, not merely an employee of the athletics department. I was able to do that for the most prestigious institution in the world, which just happened to be my alma mater.”
As an undergrad, Collins worked as the sports director of the student radio station, covering hockey and basketball games. He then enjoyed a successful career doing local news in South Bend, Indiana.
In addition to doing public address work for Notre Dame, Collins has also done games for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Per the statement, Collins will continue working with the Pirates.
Notre Dame further announced that there will be plans to celebrate his career with the athletic department.