Paul Eells Killed in Car Accident
Source: UA Sports Information
Date Published: 8/1/2006 2:13:32 PM
Last Modified: 8/1/2006 2:13:33 PM
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark – Longtime broadcaster and the football voice of the Razorbacks Paul Eells, 70, was killed on Monday night in a car accident near Russellville.
Eells was set to enter his 29th year as the football play-by-play announcer for Razorback football in 2006. The sports director for Little Rock’s KATV also was the host of both The Houston Nutt Show and The Stan Heath Show as well as serving as the play-by-play announcer for Razorback basketball on the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network.
Eells was named Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year 11 times and was known by Razorback fans far and wide for his signature phrases “Oh My!” and “Touchdown Arkansas.”
Eells is survived by his wife Vickie, a son Brandon and two daughters from a previous marriage Traci and Jennifer.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
The following are statements from Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles, UA head football coach Houston Nutt and UA head basketball coach Stan Heath on the late Paul Eells, voice of the Razorbacks.
UA Athletic Director Frank Broyles
“The Razorback family has lost a tremendous ambassador with the passing of Paul Eells. He was the consummate professional and always represented the state and the Razorbacks with the utmost class. His voice was distinctive and his calls of “Oh My!” and “Touchdown Arkansas” will continue to resonate with Razorback fans everywhere. He was a truly special individual that touched so many of our lives as a broadcaster and a friend. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with Vickie and the Eells family as we all grieve the loss of this special member of the Razorback family.”
UA Head Football Coach Houston Nutt
“This is a very sad day. He was a wonderful man. It’s a very sad day for Arkansas fans. I cannot give words to justify (what kind of man he was). Paul Eells, to me, is the ultimate professional, just the perfect person. I have never known anyone who did not like Paul Eells. I don’t think you say on this earth too many times about a person that no one disliked him. He never said a bad word about anyone, never.
“He was the voice. He was the voice that represented the state. He was the voice of the Razorbacks. He had a very defined voice and it was a gift that he had. People related to that and he was invited into everyone’s living rooms and into their families. Because of that voice, there is an immediate connection and a bond. Once they met him, at Razorback Clubs or meetings, they realized he was nicer than they had dreamed of. He was kinder than what they thought. The guy that they saw every night in their living room was talking to them.”
UA Head Basketball Coach Stan Heath
“Our basketball program is deeply saddened with the loss of Paul Eells. He was a great friend and one of the nicest people you could every meet. Our prayers are with his family and friends. He will be missed by me personally. Paul was one of the first people to welcome me into the Razorback family and his style of interviewing always made me feel comfortable. His personality never wavered. He was warm and friendly after a win, and he was warm and friendly after a loss.”
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