Originally posted by Dallas Morning News (dallasnews.com)NFL broadcaster, local icon Pat Summerall dies at age 82
SportsDayDFW.com Published: 16 April 2013 03:48 PM
Employing a signature succinct staccato style that was brief and to the point, Pat Summerall grew into the pre-eminent network NFL voice for a generation of television viewers. Summerall has died at age 82.
He worked a record 16 Super Bowls on network television, the first five as an analyst. He worked for CBS from 1961 to 1993. He moved with the NFL from CBS to Fox in 1994. He retired after the 2002 season.
Summerall worked his final Super Bowl in February 2002. It was his eighth alongside analyst John Madden. They worked together at CBS and Fox for 21 seasons. Their work at Super Bowl XVI in 1982 remains the highest-rated sports program of all-time, with more than 49 percent of the nation tuned in.
Summerall was a regular-season Sunday staple in most Dallas-Fort Worth homes during the 1990s. He and Madden were regularly assigned to the NFL's No. 1 television attraction, the Cowboys. Not a bad deal for Summerall, who lived barely 20 minutes away from Texas Stadium in Southlake, with his second wife, Cheri.
RIP Pat. He was so good and I loved his sit down interview when the NFL did the greatest commentary with I think Vinatari, he was on spot and Adam looked like a kid listening to his grandfather spin yarn. That I will remember most about him, his storytelling.
The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
Originally posted by ZeruelFor me, he and Madden were the voices of the NFL. No one will compare to Summerall for play-by-play, in my book. Just class.
For me, it wasn't Summerall and Madden...it was Summerall and Tom Brookshire. I mean, he was great with Madden, too, but the pairing with Brookshire is where football was defined for me. Other than that, I completely agree.
We had a poster of Summerall in our basement when I was a kid. My dad passed on his love of the New York Football Giants to me and I have done so with my kids. Pat and my dad were born on the same day in 1930, too. Pat lasted nearly 20 years longer than my dad.
The thing is, if anyone looks at the BCS standings before the bowl season, by this logic, the undefeated Houston and Boise State would still wind up on the outside looking in. So the complaints are still going to be out there.