Williamson County high school sports fans are already familiar with Summit Spartans radio announcer Matt Rogers.
And soon, Tennessee Titans fans will become acquainted with him also as Rogers was named the Titans’ new public address announcer on Wednesday.
“I cannot begin to express my gratitude to the Titans organization for trusting me with such an honor,” Rogers said in a release. “I am beyond grateful to my family, friends and fans who have supported me. I am honored and I am ready.”
Rogers made the list of six finalists for the job out of the near 200 applicants the team received. He takes over for Duke Donegan, who was the team's longtime PA announcer before retiring last year.
A former college football player at the University of Washington, Rogers has also served as a sports broadcaster for Turner Sports. He was one of the top 11 contestants on the third season of American Idol and has hosted the Discovery Channel program Really Big Things and Lifetime's Coming Home. He is still involved with the Discovery Channel.
"At the end, I feel like Matt was the total package," Titans Senior Director and Executive Producer of Event Presentation & Production David Schindler said, according to the team’s official website. "He has incredible energy, he is a professional, he has done broadcasts on TV, podcasts, and he's a huge fan. When you combine all those things, the energy, the fandom, the professionalism, his unique, gravelly voice, I just think that he was the total package.
"And I think his audition proved that he understands the game. He is a former player, and I think he understands what is needed to fill the position."
Rogers will get started with the team for the upcoming 2021 season.
Independence High School announcer Joe Deyo and White House High School announcer Kris Freeman were also finalists for the job.