Pat Summerall passed away this afternoon. He was 82.
He was in a Dallas hospital while recovering from surgery following a broken hip. The Dallas Morning News first reported his passing.
Simply put, Summerall is a football broadcasting legend. His career started in 1962, and stretched all the way to 2002. It included 16 Super Bowls (the most of any announcer), and much of his time in the booth was spent alongside John Madden (21 seasons). To put it politely, Madden was always a polarizing figure with his, ahem, analysis, but something always clicked with those two.
It was likely rooted in Summerall’s ability to let the game be the entertainment. Unlike many among today’s breed of play-by-play men, he understood that the events on the field were always far more important than any acting happening in the booth.
He added only what was required, and was at his best at moments like the 2:00 mark below (and, well, all of it), one of his signature calls.
Or there’s his poetry to introduce the 1992 NFC Championship…
While he may have been known for his succinct and signature football style, Summerall was also behind the mic for 27 Masters tournaments, in addition to calling NBA games for CBS and being the network’s lead voice for tennis.
He was more than just a golden voice too, as he also had a steady leg as a kicker for 10 seasons. Most notably with the Giants for four years, a tenure which included a game-winning kick to beat the Browns in 1958