Pat Summerall

Player of American Football
Born May 10, 1930

George Allen "Pat" Summerall is a former American football player and television sportscaster, having worked at CBS, Fox, and ESPN. Summerall is best known for his work with John Madden on NFL telecasts for CBS and Fox.

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  • Summerall Legacy Lives On During Super Bowl, Continues To Help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    Yahoo News - Jan 16, 2014
  • Bentley, Lopez To Host Weekly Football Show; Espnu Has Katy Alief Taylor Broadcast Tonight
    Houston Chronicle - Sep 05, 2013
  • Pat Summerall Remembered During Memorial Service As 'voice Of The Nfl'
    The Huffington Post - Apr 20, 2013
  • Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
    Huffington Post - Apr 18, 2013


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1930 Birth Born on May 10, 1930.


1949 19 Years Old Summerall played college football from 1949 to 1951 at the University of Arkansas, where he played defensive end, tight end, and placekicker positions for the Arkansas Razorbacks. … Read More


1952 22 Years Old Summerall spent ten years as a professional football player in the National Football League, primarily as a placekicker. The Detroit Lions drafted Summerall as a fourth-round draft choice in the 1952 NFL Draft. … Read More
1953 23 Years Old After that season, he was traded and went on to play for the Chicago Cardinals from 1953 to 1957 and the New York Giants from 1958 to 1961, during which he was a part of The Greatest Game Ever Played. … Read More
1958 28 Years Old Summerall's most memorable professional moment may well have been at the very end of the December 14, 1958 regular season finale between his Giants and the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium. … Read More


1961 31 Years Old …  His last professional game was the December 31, 1961 NFL Championship Game held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. … Read More
1962 32 Years Old After retiring from football, Summerall was hired by CBS Sports in 1962 to work as a color commentator on the network's NFL coverage. … Read More
1968 38 Years Old In 1968, after CBS abandoned the practice of assigning dedicated announcing crews to particular NFL teams, Summerall ascended to the network's lead national crew, pairing with Jack Buck and then Ray Scott. For the postgame coverage of the very first Super Bowl at the end of the 1967 season (which was simulcast by CBS and NBC), the trophy presentation ceremony was handled by CBS' Summerall (who worked as a reporter, while CBS' game coverage was called by Ray Scott, Jack Whitaker and Frank Gifford) and NBC's George Ratterman. … Read More
1969 39 Years Old In 1969, Summerall took part in NBC's coverage of Super Bowl III. … Read More


1974 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Midway through the 1974 NFL season, CBS shifted Summerall from color to play-by-play. … Read More
1975 45 Years Old In 1975, Summerall hosted the Pan American Games in Mexico, and in 1976 he teamed with Tom Brookshier to call some heavyweight boxing matches for CBS. … Read More


1981 51 Years Old It is often mistakenly assumed that Summerall and Madden handled the call on CBS-TV for the 1981 NFC Championship Game, when San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark made "The Catch" to lift the 49ers to a 28–27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys and a berth in Super Bowl XVI. … Read More
1983 53 Years Old In 1983, Summerall replaced Vin Scully (who had left CBS to work for NBC on their Major League Baseball and golf coverage) in the 18th hole tower role (a role that Scully was in since 1975). … Read More
1985 55 Years Old In 1985, Summerall once again called college basketball, working NCAA men's tournament games for CBS with Larry Conley. … Read More
1987 57 Years Old On April 15, 1987, Summerall did color commentary alongside Steve Stone for a Chicago Cubs - Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game on WGN-TV. … Read More


1993 - 1997 2 More Events
The long-time partnership ended after Super Bowl XXXVI in early 2002, as Summerall had announced he would be retiring from announcing and Madden's contract had expired.
2004 - 2005 2 More Events
2006 76 Years Old In 2006, Pat Summerall underwent cataract surgery, and had an intraocular lens implanted.
2008 78 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2008, Summerall had a hip replacement surgery.
2010 80 Years Old Summerall appeared in the music video for Forever the Sickest Kids' 2010 single "She Likes (Bittersweet Love)".
2011 81 Years Old In 2011, Summerall appeared on the pregame coverage of the Cotton Bowl. … Read More
2013 83 Years Old Summerall checked into Zale Lipshy University Hospital in Dallas, Texas, for surgery on a broken hip. He died there on April 16, 2013, of cardiac arrest at age 82. … Read More
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