Famed sports broadcaster Pat Summerall dead at 82

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 5:39pm

Former NFL player and long-time sports broadcaster Pat Summerall has passed away at the age of 82.

Summerall's daughter, Susie Wiles, confirmed her father died in Dallas.

Known as "The Voice of the NFL," Summerall covered 16 Super Bowls, more than any other announcer, with Fox and CBS, his last one being in 2002. He also contributed to 10 more Super Bowl broadcasts on CBS Radio as a pre-game analyst.

He was part of the "Dynamic-Duo" broadcasting team with the infamous, John Madden.

According to ESPN Central Texas, Summerall started his football career playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Summerall was drafted in 1952 in the fourth round by the Detroit Lions. He ended his NFL career with the New York Giants in 1961.

His best professional year, statistically, was in 1959 when Summerall scored 90 points on 30-for-30 extra point kicking and was 20-for-29 on field goal kicking.

Summerall also broadcast the PGA Tour on CBS and was the play-by-play announcer for the 1974 NBA Finals.

Summerall's last on-air assignment for CBS was the 1994 Master's. His last game alongside Madden was the 1993 NFL NCF Championship where the Dallas Cowboys defeated the San Fransisco 49ers to advance to Super Bowl XXVIII in Irving, Texas.

While at FOX, Summerall mostly covered the Dallas Cowboys, due in part to his residency in the city of Dallas. 

Summerall's unmatched career will forever be a landmark in the world of sports broadcasting.


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