Jay Romig carries on family tradition by earning Joe Gemelli ''Fleur-de-Lis'' Award

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June 01, 2017

New Orleans Advocate article written by Joel Erickson and photo by Sophia Germer. http://bit.ly/2rJrK28

Jay Romig hasn't fallen far from the tree.

Eight years after his father, long-time Saints announcer Jerry Romig, was handed the Joe Gemelli "Fleur-De-Lis" Award, the Saints Hall of Fame's annual honor recognizing contribution to the franchise, it's Romig's turn to join that hallowed company.

A life spent working for the Saints organization has been justly rewarded.

"I'm at a loss for words," Romig said. "I don't feel like I have a job. I mean, I feel like what I do every day is fun, and to be rewarded for that is fantastic."

Romig, who is headed into his 41st year with the organization, has done almost everything from the Saints. After starting out as an assistant athletic trainer, Romig has worked in operations, information technology, administration, business and handled training camp logistics.

For the son of a man who was the voice of the Saints for 44 years, it's hard to imagine any other life. 

"We talked about it all the time when Dad was alive," Romig said. "He loved those Sundays announcing the games, and everything behind the scenes. ... to have him there. My sister's been in the booth as a spotter, now my brother's doing it. It's real special to keep it going."