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Former NFL Films announcer Jeff Kaye dies at 75


Jeff Kaye, a longtime radio DJ and TV broadcaster who served as a narrator for NFL Films, has died of cancer at the age of 75.

A four-time Emmy winner for work on local news, Kaye’s work on Buffalo Bills broadcasts got him the NFL Films job in 1985, shortly after the death of the legendary “Voice of God” John Facenda. Kaye and Harry Kalas shared the primary narrating duties on NFL Films for several years.

Most football fans never knew Kaye’s name, but if you watched NFL Films in the 1980s and 1990s you know his voice, and will instantly recognize it in clips like this one:

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7 Responses to “Former NFL Films announcer Jeff Kaye dies at 75”
  1. joeychargers says: Nov 17, 2012 3:44 PM

    Rest in Peace… Positive thoughts going out to your loved ones.

  2. jboyxl73 says: Nov 17, 2012 3:59 PM

    R.I.P his voice was so memorable , love watching those old clips when the game was played by men who were allowed to play the game …. Half of those huge plays would be illegal now …

  3. larrydavid7000 says: Nov 17, 2012 5:14 PM

    rest in peace Jeff Kaye.

  4. 50milessouthofdetroit says: Nov 17, 2012 5:18 PM

    far too much death coming from NFL Films these days…RIP Mr. Kaye

  5. polarbear71 says: Nov 17, 2012 6:32 PM

    Like so many other guys, I grew up listening to Jeff and never knew his name. His voice could make watching snow melt exciting, rest in peace and thank you, you were a big part of my childhood.

  6. kac360 says: Mar 19, 2014 3:42 PM

    Never knew the name, just the voice. For a good laugh go on YouTube and hear hear him call War of the Worlds for WKBW in Buffalo – was convinced he was fired after freaking out everyone up and down the East Coast that night!

  7. mlblogsbufnyfan says: Feb 7, 2015 10:14 PM

    I grew up near Buffalo and loved listening to Mr. Kaye on WBEN radio during the afternoon drive home in the early 1980’s—he landed the job at NFL films after John Facenda passed away–along with Harry Kalas he gave NFL films two of the best staff announcers in broadcasting

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