Broadcaster, businessman Jerry Knight dies

Jerry Knight, a longtime local businessman who has been the voice of University of North Alabama football as well as local high school football teams, died today.
Knight died at approximately 3:30 a.m., friends said.
He had a reputation as a fair and successful businessman at Hunt’s T.V. and Appliance.
In 2003, Knight was inducted into the Colbert County Hall of Fame.
He played football and ran track at Deshler High School, but it was his well-known voice that came over the airwaves from football stadium press boxes that earned him his spot in the Hall of Fame.
In a TimesDaily article about his induction, Knight recalled his broadcasting career, which included nine years as the voice of UNA, play-by-play for Muscle Shoals and Sheffield high schools and broadcasting the state basketball tournament for 20 years. His career included being the voice of UNA during the basketball team’s 1990-91 Division II national championship and football team’s three 1993-95 national titles.
“The four national championships that I got to call at UNA were truly special,” he said in the article. “The basketball championship in 1991 was my first, and to call it at a place like Springfield, Mass., where basketball began, was such a thrill. Then, to be a part of three consecutive football national championships from 1993-95 was unbelievable. There was nothing like those three years. And, of course, the state championship at Coffee was special as well.”