The back-and-forth nature of the Seattle Seahawks’ insane 41-38 win over the Houston Texans took its toll on Steve Raible’s vocal chords. Raible has been a longtime member of the Seahawks radio broadcast team, switching from analyst to play-by-play since the 2004 season, and Sunday’s shootout at CenturyLink Field was an announcer’s dream.
Down 38-34 and with the clock at less than 30 seconds, Russell Wilson found a wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide open Jimmy Graham for the game-winning touchdown, causing the stadium to shake. Raible’s voice was so gone at this point that he had to tone it down a few octaves for his “Touchdown, Seahawks!” call.
Steve Raible call of the go-ahead Jimmy Graham TD, complete with Raible's voice cracking & ensuing Russell Wilson flute celebration pic.twitter.com/pGamSjt8YF— Ben Baldwin (@guga31bb) October 30, 2017
When Richard Sherman sealed the deal with the desperation heave interception off of Deshaun Watson, you can hear Raible’s voice crack once more.
Raible is a Seattle icon and has become such a well-respected play-by-play man that Westwood One has actually had him broadcast a couple of national games over the past two seasons, including last season’s 48-41 shootout between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals.