Some say that Bob Murphy's passion is Stanford. That would be understating it. His passion is golf -- his life is Stanford.
Murphy's love affair for Stanford began the day he was born in Stanford Hospital in 1931. He attended his first football game at Stanford Stadium in 1940, and remains a part of The Farm's landscape for evermore.
Murphy, who will officially step aside from the announcer's booth after 43 years of service, will be honored throughout Saturday's Big Game, including with a halftime tribute.
Murphy, who graduated from Stanford in 1953 with a degree in history, was a Hall of Fame pitcher for Everett Dean, and then became an administrator, filling a role that soon morphed into Sports Information Director.
Murphy has participated in some form or fashion, thousands of Stanford games, in a variety of sports. He's associated with football and men's basketball.
"His retirement will leave both a huge void and a lasting legacy in Stanford sports history," wrote his basketball-broadcasting partner John Platz.
Murphy pitched in the minors, worked in television, was a consultant for golfer Jack Nicklaus, and was an Athletic Director at San Jose State. While his physical presence was not always there, his heart remained with Stanford.
Perhaps his defining moment came in 1970, when he distributed the following press release:
"Gentlemen of the Press, my title is Sports Information Director, not Campaign Manager! This is by way of saying that our great quarterback Jim Plunkett will win his awards on the field, and not in the publicity office."
Never has Stanford had a bigger booster.