Pat Summerall
Player of American football
Pat Summerall
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 - about 3 years
Michael Strahan to receive 2014 Award Super Bowl XLVIII – New York HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 9th annual Pat Summerall Award will be presented to New York Football Giants Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at the Legends for Charity® Dinner in New York City. The dinner will be held at the NFL Headquarters Hotel, The Grand Hyatt, and once again benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®. Strahan has found success away from the field as one of America's most recognizable broadcast personalities, serving as an analyst for FOX NFL Sunday and as co-host of the popular nationally-syndicated talk show, LIVE with Kelly and Michael.
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Bentley, Lopez to host weekly football show; ESPNU has Katy-Alief Taylor broadcast tonight
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
Time to thrash through some mostly non-NFL updates on this first day of the 2013 regular season: Broke Bentley and John Lopez will co-host “SportsZone Unfiltered,” a new football-season talk and features show that will debut at 10 p.m. Friday on KUBE (Channel 57) with a 10:30 a.m. Saturday re-air. Produced by Channel 57, where Bentley is an anchor on the weekly “SportsZone” program with Todd Freed, in conjunction with KILT (610 AM), where Lopez hosts a morning talk show, will feature Texans and college coverage. The re-air generally will precede Channel 57’s weekly SEC forecast, so there will be a weekly “SEC Huddle” segment. Other KILT talk show hosts will contribute to a weekly Texans discussion. … ESPNU has the Katy-Alief Taylor game from Crump Stadium at 7 p.m. Thursday. Adam Amin and Rene Ingoglia have the call. Owing to the UIL ban on Friday night live telecasts, this is the only Texas game on the ESPNU schedule. CSN Houston also has a full slate of Thursday night broadca ...
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Pat Summerall Remembered During Memorial Service As 'Voice Of The NFL'
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
PLANO, Texas -- Veteran sportscaster Pat Summerall was remembered Saturday during a memorial service as "the voice of the NFL" and a venerated figure who maintained a humble approach despite the praise his broadcast work received for decades. Thousands gathered Saturday at a Baptist church just north of Dallas to pay tribute to a broadcaster who called some of the most memorable games in NFL history, and also was known for his coverage of Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the Masters golf tournament and other sporting events. Read More...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Happy Thursday everyone, here's my Top 5 for April 18, 2013 from Len Berman at 1. Quick Hits The NBA regular season ended last night. The L.A. Lakers captured the seventh seed and will face San Antonio. The NBA Playoffs begin Saturday. Four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers, who's 65 years old, says he will probably run the Marathon next year. What happened Monday, he says, will give new meaning to training and running the race. The 2013 NFL schedule will be released tonight at 8 p.m. 2. Boston Strong Last night's Boston Bruins game against Buffalo was the first major sports event in Boston since the Marathon tragedy. Before the game fans joined together to sing the National Anthem. When it ended the crowd erupted in "U.S.A. U.S.A." Touching indeed. 3. More Tributes The passing of Pat Summerall struck a chord with millions of sports fans. You responded to my Top 5 and to Facebook at "Len Berman's Top 5" like few other stories. Her ...
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Reese Schonfeld: How Pat Summerall Got His Job
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
In December of 1958, a couple of days after the Baltimore Colts had defeated the New York Giants in what has since been called "The Greatest Game Ever Played," Bill MacPhail, the President of CBS Sports, called Charlie Conerly, the Giants quarterback, to invite him to tryout for a job as a sportscaster. Conerly was not home, and his roommate, Summerall, answered the phone. MacPhail relayed his request to him and then suggested that Summerall "had a pretty good voice" and why didn't he come down for a tryout too. We all know the results -- Summerall sounded great, Conerly not so good, and Summerall got the job. MacPhail was a great judge of talent and a great sports executive. It was he who created the bond between CBS and the Masters Tournament, a bond that has lasted more than 50 years. In 1963, MacPhail introduced Summerall to the Tournament and Summerall was the voice of the Masters for the next 27 years. Bill MacPhail was my friend. I hired him at CNN when we desper ...
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Pat Summerall, legendary NFL announcer, dies at 82
CNN- Cafferty File - almost 4 years
Pat Summerall, the football player turned legendary play-by-play announcer, died Tuesday. He was 82.
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Legendary NFL broadcaster Pat Summerall who called 16 Super Bowls dies of cardiac arrested at age 82
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 4 years
Over four decades, Summerall described some of the biggest games in America in his deep, resonant voice.
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Quotes on death of Pat Summerall
Fox News - almost 4 years
Reaction on the death Tuesday of NFL player-turned-broadcaster Pat Summerall: ___ "Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Pat Summerall
  • 2013
    Age 82
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After his death, Jerry Jones referred to Summerall as "royalty in the broadcast booth" while Madden called him "a great broadcaster and a great man" and added that "Pat Summerall is the voice of football and always will be." Fellow broadcasters Jim Nantz and Verne Lundquist also made statements on Summerall's life. A few days later, CBS Sports presented a tribute to Summerall during their coverage of the RBC Heritage golf event. Nantz and Gary McCord presented highlights of his life and career – both as a player and at CBS – ending with his 1994 Masters sign-off. During a Fox NASCAR broadcast Chris Myers paid tribute to Summerall for Fox. For many years Summerall was a commercial spokesperson for True Value, often ending advertisements with his tag line "and tell 'em Pat Summerall sent you". Ironically, his long-time broadcast partner Madden was the spokesperson for Ace Hardware, True Value's main competitor in the independent hardware store market. Summerall has served as the longtime radio spokesman for the Dux Beds company, a Swedish maker of mattresses, and its "Duxiana" stores.
  • 2011
    Age 80
    In 2011, Summerall appeared on the pregame coverage of the Cotton Bowl.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2000s, Summerall provided voiceover sponsorship credits for the CBS Masters golf telecasts, and voice-overs for game coverage on NFL Network. He also provided game commentary for the Golden Tee Golf video game series and narrated the first episode of the WrestleMania Rewind series for the WWE Network (a role that would be assumed by Gary Thorne upon Summerall's death).
  • 2010
    Age 79
    Summerall appeared in the music video for Forever the Sickest Kids' 2010 single "She Likes (Bittersweet Love)".
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  • 2008
    Age 77
    On June 19, 2008, he was hospitalized for internal bleeding caused by a new medicine he was taking.
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    In January 2008, Summerall had a hip replacement surgery.
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  • 2006
    Age 75
    In 2006, Pat Summerall underwent cataract surgery, and had an intraocular lens implanted.
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  • 2005
    Age 74
    As previously mentioned, Summerall hosted this syndicated program dedicated to high school and collegiate athletics from 2005 to 2012. Charles Davis assumed hosting duties in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named Summerall National Sportscaster of the Year in 1977, and inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1994. Summerall was the 1994 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, bestowed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame "for longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football". In 1999, he was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame. Since 2006, the "Pat Summerall Award" has been presented at the annual Legends for Charity Luncheon given on Super Bowl weekend at the NFL's headquarters hotel in the host city. The award is given "to a deserving recipient who through their career has demonstrated the character, integrity and leadership both on and off the job that the name Pat Summerall represents." Recipients have included James Brown (2006), Greg Gumbel (2007), Jim Nantz (2008), Chris Berman (2009), Cris Collinsworth (2010), and the entire Fox NFL crew (2011).
  • 2004
    Age 73
    Summerall called several preseason and early regular-season NFL games for the ESPN network in 2004, substituting for regular announcer Mike Patrick while the latter recovered from heart surgery.
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  • 2002
    Age 71
    Summerall retired again following the 2002 season but in 2006, he served as a substitute for Kenny Albert alongside Baldinger for the Week 8 (October 29) game between the eventual NFC champion Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers.
    More Details Hide Details Summerall returned for one game the following year to take Stockton's place alongside Baldinger and provide the play-by-play for the December 9, 2007 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Rams in Cincinnati. From 2007 until 2010, Summerall appeared as the play-by-play voice of the network's coverage of the Cotton Bowl Classic game. Summerall teamed with Brian Baldinger on the 2007–09 Cotton Bowl Classic telecasts, and worked with Daryl Johnston on the 2010 game between Ole Miss and Oklahoma State.
    Summerall was lured out of retirement and re-signed with Fox for the 2002 season.
    More Details Hide Details However, since Madden had left to take over the color commentator position on Monday Night Football from Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller for ABC and Fox had promoted Joe Buck to be its number one NFL play-by-play voice (Troy Aikman and, until 2004, Cris Collinsworth replaced Madden as Fox's lead NFL color commentators), Summerall was paired with Brian Baldinger on regional telecasts. Most of the games Summerall covered featured the Dallas Cowboys, due in part to his residency in the city. One of the games Summerall called was the Cowboys' game against the Seattle Seahawks at Texas Stadium, in which Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton's career rushing yardage record. Summerall and Baldinger were joined by Daryl Johnston, who at the time was working as Fox's #2 color man with Dick Stockton and who was a longtime teammate of Smith's with the Cowboys, for this game.
    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.
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  • 1997
    Age 66
    The urban legend was his nickname became "Pat" because of the abbreviation for "point after touchdown" that a field-goal kicker was credited for in a game summary. But in a 1997 Dallas Morning News story, Summerall said after his parents divorced, he was taken in by an aunt and uncle who had a son named Mike. "My aunt and uncle just started calling me Pat to go with their Mike", Summerall would say, referencing frequently named characters in Irish jokes told during that time.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1960s, Summerall was the morning host on WINS (AM) radio in New York City. He left the job when WINS went all-news in 1965. He also co-hosted the syndicated NFL Films series This Week in Pro Football in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Summerall was also associated with a production company in Dallas from about 1998 through 2005 which was called Pat Summerall Productions. He was featured in and hosted various production shows, such as Summerall Success Stories and Champions of Industry. These qualified production segments would air on the Fox News Channel and later, CNN Headline News. During the mid-1990s, Summerall hosted the "Summerall-Aikman" Cowboys report with quarterback Troy Aikman. Summerall served as the host of Sports Stars of Tomorrow and Future Phenoms, two nationally syndicated high school sports shows based out of Fort Worth, Texas.
  • 1993
    Age 62
    His last game alongside Madden for CBS (before the NFC television contract moved over to Fox) was the 1993 NFC Championship Game (which saw the Dallas Cowboys defeat the San Francisco 49ers to go to Super Bowl XXVIII against the Buffalo Bills in Atlanta) in Irving, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details Summerall also covered other events such as ABA for CBS during this period. Through 1966, he hosted a morning drive-time music/talk program for WCBS-AM radio in New York.
  • 1987
    Age 56
    On April 15, 1987, Summerall did color commentary alongside Steve Stone for a Chicago Cubs - Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game on WGN-TV.
    More Details Hide Details This was during time period in which the Cubs' normal television announcer, Harry Caray, was recovering from a stroke. Thus, for about the first two months of the 1987 season, WGN featured a series of celebrity guest announcers on game telecasts while Caray recuperated. He broadcast the US Open Tennis Tournament with Tony Trabert for 25 years. In 1994, the Fox network surprised NFL fans by outbidding CBS for the NFC broadcast package. One of the network's first moves was to hire Summerall and Madden as its lead announcing team. While at Fox the pair called Super Bowls XXXI, XXXIII, and XXXVI together.
  • 1985
    Age 54
    In 1985, Summerall once again called college basketball, working NCAA men's tournament games for CBS with Larry Conley.
    More Details Hide Details In 1970, Summerall and then-Boston Bruins' TV announcer Don Earle did a short postgame segment from inside the team's dressing room at the end of CBS' coverage of the fourth (and what turned out to be the final) game of the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals. WSBK-38, the Bruins' TV flagship at the time, simulcast the CBS coverage and did a longer post-game locker-room segment after CBS' coverage ended. After Bobby Orr scored the championship-winning goal after just 40 seconds, so the story went, Summerall turned to Bobby's father, Doug Orr (who was reportedly, too nervous to go back to his seat from the Bruins' dressing room for the start of overtime) and yelled over the crowd in the stands above "Mr. Orr, your son has scored and Boston has won the Stanley Cup!" Doug Orr is said to have told Summerall "I know Boston scored, but we didn't see it! What makes you think my son scored?" Summerall supposedly replied "Because they wouldn't be yelling this loudly if (Phil) Esposito (another high-scoring Boston player of the era) had scored!"
  • 1983
    Age 52
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Summerall's broadcast partner during this period was Ken Venturi. Summerall's last on-air assignment for CBS Sports was the 1994 Masters Tournament. Summerall signed off the broadcast thus, surrounded by the other CBS commentators that were working the tournament: So, on behalf of our entire broadcast group, for the last time, I'm Pat Summerall saying the others "So long"? other commentators speak all at once, wishing Pat well Thanks, guys. the audience I'll miss you. From 1969–1973, Summerall broadcast CBS' National Invitation Tournament coverage with Don Criqui.
  • 1981
    Age 50
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, CBS' #2 broadcast team of Vin Scully and Hank Stram handled the broadcast while Madden was given the weekend off to travel to Pontiac, Michigan for the game and to prepare for the broadcast. Since Stram was Jack Buck's color commentator on CBS Radio, Summerall substituted for Stram as Buck's partner; this was the first time Buck and Summerall had called a game together since 1974, when then-lead color commentator Summerall was moved off of Buck's team to become CBS television's lead play-by-play voice for the NFL. During the 1982 NFL strike, CBS' NCAA football contract required the network to show four Division III games. CBS initially intended to show those games on Saturday afternoons, with only the interested markets receiving the broadcasts. However, with no NFL games to show on Sunday October 3, 1982 due to the strike, CBS decided to show all of its NCAA Division III games on a single Sunday afternoon in front of a mass audience. CBS used its regular NFL crews (Pat Summerall and John Madden at Wittenberg–Baldwin–Wallace, Tom Brookshier and Wayne Walker at West Georgia–Millsaps, Tim Ryan and Johnny Morris at Wisconsin–Oshkosh – Wisconsin–Stout, and Dick Stockton and Roger Staubach at San Diego–Occidental) and showed The NFL Today instead of using their regular college football broadcasters.
  • 1975
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Summerall broadcast his first Masters in 1968, when he anchored the coverage at hole 18.
  • 1974
    Age 43
    Summerall also broadcast PGA Tour matches on CBS, including the Masters Tournament, as well as the US Open of tennis, during his tenure at CBS with Tony Trabert, and he was the play-by-play announcer for the 1974 NBA Finals (working alongside Rick Barry and Rod Hundley), CBS' first season broadcasting the NBA on CBS.
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    Midway through the 1974 NFL season, CBS shifted Summerall from color to play-by-play.
    More Details Hide Details The network's #1 NFL crew now consisted of Summerall and analyst Tom Brookshier (with whom he had previously worked on This Week in Pro Football), and the colorful Summerall-Brookshier duo worked three Super Bowls (X, XII, and XIV) together. Summerall, Brookshier, NFL on CBS producer Bob Wussler, and Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie appeared as themselves during the 1977 film Black Sunday, which was filmed on location at the Orange Bowl in Miami during Super Bowl X. In 1981, Summerall was teamed with former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden, a pairing that would last for 22 seasons on two networks and become one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history. Summerall and Madden were first teamed on a November 25, 1979 broadcast of a Minnesota Vikings–Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. While the two were paired on CBS, they called Super Bowls XVI, XVIII, XXI, XXIV, and XXVI together.
  • 1969
    Age 38
    In 1969, Summerall took part in NBC's coverage of Super Bowl III.
    More Details Hide Details NBC used Summerall to provide an "NFL perspective" on the coverage. This was due in part to the fact that NBC was at the time, the network television provider of the American Football League (whereas CBS was the network television provider for the pre-merger National Football League). In return, for CBS Radio's coverage of Super Bowls I, II and IV, they used Tom Hedrick, normally the radio voice of the Kansas City Chiefs, to provide an "AFL perspective" for their coverage.
  • 1968
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Summerall and Ratterman were forced to share a single microphone.
  • 1962
    Age 31
    After retiring from football, Summerall was hired by CBS Sports in 1962 to work as a color commentator on the network's NFL coverage.
    More Details Hide Details CBS initially paired Summerall with Chris Schenkel on Giants games; three years later he shifted to working with Jim Gibbons on Washington Redskins games.
  • 1961
    Age 30
    His last professional game was the December 31, 1961 NFL Championship Game held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
    More Details Hide Details Lombardi's Green Bay Packers defeated Summerall's Giants, 37–0, holding New York to just six first downs. Summerall was not a factor in that game.
  • 1958
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Going into the game, the Browns were in first place in the Eastern Conference, holding a one-game lead over the second-place Giants. In that era, there was no overtime during regular season games, standings ties were broken by a playoff, and there were no wild-card teams. This meant that only the Eastern Conference champion would qualify for the NFL Championship Game to be held two weeks later, and it meant that the Giants had to win just to force a tiebreaker playoff game. The Browns, on the other hand, needed only a tie to clinch the Eastern championship. As time was running out, the Giants and Browns were tied, 10–10, a situation that, as indicated, favored the Browns. The Giants got barely into Cleveland territory, then sent out Summerall to try for a tiebreaking 49-yard field goal. To add to the drama, there were swirling winds and snow. Summerall, a straight-ahead kicker, made the field goal with just two minutes to play, keeping the Giants alive for another week (they defeated Cleveland a week later, 10–0, in the Eastern Conference tiebreaker playoff before losing the sudden-death league championship final to Baltimore the week after that).
  • 1953
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His best professional year statistically was 1959, when Summerall scored 90 points on 30-for-30 (100%) extra-point kicking and 20-for-29 (69%) field goal kicking.
  • 1952
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Summerall played the pre-season with the Lions before breaking his arm, which ended the year for him.
  • 1949
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He graduated in 1953 majoring in Russian history, according to CBS News.
  • 1930
    Born on May 10, 1930.
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