Tennessee announces Vol Radio Network football color analyst Tim Priest retiring after 22 seasons
Tim Priest has called his last Tennessee football game for the Vol Network.
On Tuesday, Tennessee announced Priest has made the decision to retire after 22 years of calling Volunteer football games. During his time working as a color analyst for the network, Priest called 274 Tennessee football games.
“For the last 22 years, I have had the privilege and honor of being a part of the team bringing the radio broadcast of Tennessee football to the Vol Nation,” Priest said. “I have had the privilege of working alongside the SEC’s best play-by-play broadcaster, Bob Kesling and the folks at the Vol Network who are the very best in the college sports network business.
“While my fall weekends’ attention has been Tennessee football going back to 1967, Betsy and I have four grandchildren who are plus athletes participating in various sports year around, including fall weekends. I wish to support Kate, Annie, Tommy, and Laura Leigh in their athletic endeavors, including on some fall weekends.”
“Finally, I am most appreciative to the University of Tennessee and the Vol Network for allowing me to be a part of the radio broadcast team going back to 1999. I look forward to supporting my alma mater and to watching the resurgence of Tennessee football under the direction of Josh Heupel and his staff.”
Prior to landing his color analyst role for the network, Priest was a defensive back for the Vols during the 1968, 1969 and 1970 seasons.
He was named All-SEC in 1970 and still holds the school record for career interceptions with 18.
With Priest leaving the booth, Tennessee has named former Volunteer and NFL quarterback Pat Ryan as the network’s new color analyst.
After an outstanding 22-year career, @VolNetwork analyst Tim Priest is stepping away from the broadcast booth.
Thanks for the memories, Tim!
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) June 8, 2021