Marc Zumoff officially retires after nearly 40 years with the 76ers
Marc Zumoff, the Philadelphia 76ers legendary play-by-play announcer has officially called it a career this morning, posting a “Why Retire?” letter on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Zumoff covered the 76ers for nearly 40 years, first as a halftime host and the last 27 seasons as the television voice of the 76ers in Philadelphia. Marc was sincerely one of the best in the game, it is a shame to see him leave, but we send him massive congratulations on a fantastic career in this city.
Zoo wrote a personal memoir this morning looking back on his life and how the 76ers have impacted him. He reflected on his first Sixers game, and how his love for the team grew stronger until he was able to become the halftime host and eventually the voice of the television broadcasts. While Zumoff claims he could do this job forever, but there is life to be lived and he wants to enjoy the latter part of his life with his wife. To close out his statement, he thanked the fans of Philadelphia for making his career so fulfilling, but it really should be us thanking him.
Allen Iverson said it best in his Hall of Fame Induction Speech:
Although we didn’t realize it, we came in for a landing on Marc’s career, and personally I will miss Zoo and his Zooisms. 76ers basketball won’t be the same without the antics between him and Alaa, or his unique ability to transfer the emotion from the arena to us at home, but wish him the absolute best in retirement.
Gratitude is one of the qualities I’ve always worked mindfully to embrace. I’m not the voice of an NBA team without the help of hundreds along the way. As I ease into this next phase of my life, I will earnestly reach back to those individuals to express my gratitude.
But for now, allow me to thank you, 76ers fans, for the opportunity to be with you on this surreal ride. It’s been a privilege to be welcomed into your homes. I’ve come to fully understand and appreciate the responsibility of being the voice of your team and I was truly honored to do so.
You will continue to see me on social media, on the beach, the golf course, at a game or just on the street around town. If we do happen to cross paths, please call out so we can talk 76ers basketball, relive the moments and carry on the memories. Meantime, I will pass the baton on to the next television voice of the Philadelphia 76ers, doing so with peace of mind and a heart that couldn’t be more full.
From everyone here in Philadelphia, Thank You Zoo!