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Friday, October 31, 2014

Pat Summerall dead at 82

Pat SummerallIt’s with sadness that we pass along the news that Pat Summerall has died at the age of 82. The Dallas Morning News reports that Summerall died in a hospital room where he was recovering from surgery for a broken hip.

Summerall was a part of a record 16 Super Bowl broadcasts, his last being in 2002. He and John Madden partnered to form one of the greatest broadcasting teams in sports. They worked together for 21 seasons at both CBS and FOX.

Summerall called golf, tennis, and basketball in addition to football. He played college football at Arkansas, and pro football with the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants.

Like many others, we enjoyed Summerall’s NFL calls — particularly his work with Madden. The two helped shape the way a generation of fans remember the NFL.

For more on Summerall, we recommend this article from the Dallas Morning News on his death, and this 1987 Sports Illustrated feature.

Below is a video of him and Madden introducing the 1992 NFC Championship Game:



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