Veteran sports broadcaster Pat Summerall dies at 82

Pat Summerall, left, and John Madden formed one of the most iconic football booths ever. Credit: Getty Images
Pat Summerall, left, and John Madden formed one of the most iconic football broadcasting duos ever.
Credit: Getty Images

Pat Summerall, considered one of the greatest voices in American sports broadcasting history, has died at the age of 82, a spokesman for his former employer Fox Sports said on Tuesday.

Summerall, best known as the NFL play-by-play broadcaster alongside former Oakland Raiders football coach John Madden, died in Texas, Fox Sports Senior Vice President for Media Relations, Lou D’Ermilio, said.

Inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999, Summerall worked for CBS, Fox and ESPN during his long and storied career.

“Pat Summerall is the voice of football and always will be.” Madden said in a post on Twitter.

Summerall was a high school sports star in Florida, and a football star at the University of Arkansas. He played in the National Football League, drafted by the Detroit Lions, and then moved to the New York Giants, where he was a kicker.

After his playing career, starting in the early 1960s, he worked as a sports broadcaster for decades. He rose to the top of his profession teaming with Madden, calling 16 Super Bowls, more than any other broadcaster.

In addition to his football commentary, Summerall was well known for broadcasting other sporting events, especially the celebrated Master’s golf tournament.

He first retired in 2002 but was drawn out of retirement briefly in the last decade, and was a frequent speaker around the country.


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