NFL broadcasting legend Pat Summerall has died at age 82

(Atlanta Journal Constitutional)

The Emmy-Award winning voice of Pat Summerall will be missed by fans of all sports.

Pat Summerall, one half of the greatest broadcasting duo in sports history has passed  away at age 82. Summerall was paired with former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden in 1981. The NFL’s dynamic broadcasting duo worked together for 22 years on two different networks.

Summerall played ten seasons as a placekicker for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals and the New York Giants.

Pat Summerall was an NFL lifer — a magnificent career spanning ten seasons on the field and another five decades behind the microphone for CBS, Fox and ESPN. Today, one of the great voices in sports broadcasting history was silenced, Summerall was 82.

1989 Thanksgiving Day Bounty Bowl.

Summerall was best known for being the calm behind the boisterous John Madden. The names of Madden and Summerall are linked with some of the greatest games, players and moments of the past three decades. One game the tandem did not call was the 1981 NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49’ers and the Dallas Cowboys. Summerall and Madden were given the week off and were replaced by Vin Scully and Hank Stram.

While at CBS, Summerall also did broadcasts for The Masters, The US Open and the 1974 NBA Finals. Summerall has broadcast sixteen Super Bowls for CBS and ten more for CBS Radio as a pre-game host or analyst.

In 1994, Summerall was given the Pete Rozelle Radio/Television Award bestowed by the NFL Hall of Fame. In 1999 he was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.

Since 2006 the “Pat Summerall Award” has been presented at the annual Legends for Charity Luncheon given on Super Bowl weekend at the NFL’s headquarters hotel in the host city. The award is given “to a deserving recipient who through their career has demonstrated the character, integrity and leadership both on and off the job that the name Pat Summerall represents.” Recipients have included James Brown (2006), Greg Gumbel (2007), Jim Nantz (2008), Chris Berman (2009), Cris Collinsworth (2010), and the entire NFL on Fox crew (2011).

Having Summerall on the Madden series was a football lovers dream come true.

Summerall has done several voice overs for television shows like The Simpsons and appeared on several of Madden’s video games.

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