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Published On: Tue, Apr 16th, 2013

Popular sports commentator Pat Summerall passes away at 82, John Madden says ‘he was sent from heaven’

CBS and Fox Sports NFL announcer Pat Summerall has passed away in Dallas at the age of 82.

The longtime partner of John Madden, Summerall was the lead broadcaster, working on CBS from 1961 to 1993 and then moving to Fox in 1994. He covered a record 16 Super Bowls on network TV, the first 5 as an analyst and 8 of them with Madden.

Pat Summerall and John MaddenOften times he played the “straight man” to Madden animated analysis.

“I was so lucky I got to work with Pat,” Madden said. “He was so easy to work with. He knew how to use words. For a guy like myself who rambles on and on and doesn’t always make sense, he was sent from heaven.”

“Pat Summerall set the standard for play-by-play announcers regardless of sport,” said Ed Goren, former president of Fox Sports, who worked with Summerall at CBS and Fox. “If he was an athlete, you’d call him a team player. Pat always deferred to others in the booth. He worried about the broadcast never about his own role. He had a Hall of Fame career.”

While Summerall, a former NFL player, will be remember first as a football broadcaster, he also called NBA games for CBS and was the network’s lead voice on golf and tennis broadcasts. He worked 27 Masters and 20 United States Tennis Opens.

As a high school senior in Florida, Summerall turned down a basketball scholarship offered by legendary University of Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp to play football, basketball and baseball at the University of Arkansas.

He played professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

Later in life, he was part of an investment group that briefly owned a piece of the NBA’s Boston Celtics in the late 1970s.

 

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