NFL broadcaster Pat Summerall has passed away

The world of sports lost one of its golden voices today. NFL play-by-play man Pat Summerall died at age 82.

Summerall was partners with John Madden for years. He was the voice of 16 Super Bowls and 26 Masters golf tournaments.

“Pat Summerall was one of the best friends and greatest contributors that the NFL has known,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “He spent 50 years as part of our league, first as a player on the legendary New York Giants teams of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s and then as a Hall of Fame broadcaster for CBS and FOX. His majestic voice was treasured by millions of NFL fans for more than four decades. Pat always represented the essence of class and friendship. It is a sad day in the NFL. Our hearts go out to Pat’s wife Cheri and the entire Summerall family. Pat will always be an important part of NFL history.”

On a personal note, Summerall was the voice of the NFC growing up. It is hard to think of the Aikman/Smith/Irving Cowboys without hearing Summerall’s voice. He was part of our Thanksgivings as well. While I never really cared for Madden, I always appreciated Summerall.


  • Ezzie Goldish

    “While I never really cared for Madden, I always appreciated Summerall.”

    Exactly what I thought when reading it. I always appreciated that he kept announcing the game in a really grounded way, even as Madden would do his shtick on the side.

  • mlawson

    One of the all time greats. His voice was a big part of my NFL watching childhood. He had a great ability to describe the game with few words and without making it about himself. Current NFL announcers could learn a lot by listening to summerall. Thanks, Pat.

  • Jaker

    It’s funny, the thing I remember most about Summerall is his part in ‘The Replacements’, one of my favorite sports movies.

    With the draft just over a week away, the Commish should plan on saying a bit about Summerall, even doing a moment of silence. That might also help get the rowdy and usually booing crowd off of his back and maybe giving a few cheers for a change

  • MSkog

    In honor of Pat I plan on drinking a fifth of bourbon, smoke a carton of Pal Mals, and get everyone’s name wrong.

    RIP Pat.

  • Harv 21

    That intoning of sparse words was perfect for the NFL gladiator image, much like John Facenda on NFL Films. Just a fixture for me watching games on tv on cold snowy days.

    Also, maybe the best ex-jock ever at play-by-play, Never understood why Herb Score’s bosses gave him a pass from improving at all over decades when guys like Summerall showed that it’s a skill that can be developed if you have a work ethic and the talent to be doing it at all.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’ll always remember those Sunday 4 PM ET games with Madden and Summerall. Thanks for the memories Mr. Summerall you will be missed!

  • MrCleaveland

    Were it not for Summerall’s (disputed) 49-yard field goal through the swirling snow with 2:07 left in the last game of the 1958 regular season, the Browns would have won the Eastern Conference and we would have played the Colts for the NFL title. As it was, the Giants and Colts wound up playing what has been called “The Greatest Game Every Played.” This was before our heartbreaks got their own names.

    Coulda woulda shoulda.