Many in the college and pro football communities were surprised Wednesday when the Reese’s Senior Bowl announced that executive director Phil Savage was stepping down after six years.

ESPN NFL insider Chris Mortensen tweeted that “a bunch of NFL teams” were disappointed by Savage’s departure and felt the game had improved under his direction.

Savage, who is also the color analyst for the Crimson Tide Sports Network and a SiriusXM host, has a weekly segment on “The Opening Kickoff” on WNSP-FM 105.5 Mobile, Ala. Naturally, he reflected on his mutual parting from the Senior Bowl in this week’s segment.

“I felt like the time was right to make a move like this,” Savage said. “I think the Senior Bowl is in excellent shape. It’s in good hands. I can’t say enough about the people I worked with over these last six years. They did a phenomenal job as we tried to build out some new things in relation to the local community.”

Savage also hinted that he could be taking advantage of new professional opportunities in the coming months.

[H/T AL.com]