Pat Summerall Famed Sportscaster Has Died

Pat Summerall Famed Sportscaster Dies at 82

When Pat Summerall retired from playing professional football, he went into the announcer’s booth.  He became CBS’ voice on Sundays.  When he moved to FOX, he was paired with John Madden for many years.

Susie Wiles, Summerall’s daughter, said her father died in Dallas Tuesday after suffering complications from hip surgery.

“He was an extraordinary man and a wonderful father,” Wiles said. “I know he will be greatly missed.”

Summerall played 10 NFL seasons (1952-61) with the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants.

He started doing NFL games for CBS in 1964, and became a play-by-play guy 10 years later. He was also part of CBS’s coverage of the PGA Tour, including the Masters from 1968-94, and the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

When CBS lost its NFL deal after the 1993 season, Summerall switched to Fox to keep calling NFL games with Madden.  His last Super Bowl worked was for Fox on Feb. 3, 2002, which was also his last game with Madden, ending a 21-year run together.

At the end of their final broadcast together, Madden described Summerall as “a treasure” and the “spirit of the National Football League” in a tribute to the partner that complemented the former coach so well.

“You are what the NFL is all about, what pro football is all about, and more important, what a man is all about and what a gentleman is all about,” Madden said.

Summerall’s health had not been good for years.  A recovering alcoholic, he received a liver transplant in 2004.

His final play-by-play words beside Madden highlighted Summerall’s succinctness when calling the game-ending field goal.

“It’s right down the pipe. Adam Vinatieri. No time on the clock. And the Patriots have won Super Bowl XXXVI. Unbelievable,” Summerall said.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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