The world of sports lost one of its golden voices today. NFL play-by-play man Pat Summerall died at age 82.
NFL broadcasting icon Pat Summerall reportedly dies at age of 82. cbsprt.co/SummerallDies
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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.