Remembering the Great Pat Summerall’s Impact on Broadcasting

April 16, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The NFL lost an icon on Tuesday.
As The Dallas Morning News reports, broadcasting legend Pat Summerall, who has called more Super Bowls than any man in the history of the NFL, passed away Tuesday in Dallas while recovering from hip surgery.
He was 82.
Given that Summerall hadn't worked a game since he and long-time broadcast partner John Madden called Super Bowl XXXVi together in 2002, this news may not exactly resonate with many younger fans.
After all, that was Tom Brady's first Super Bowl.
It was Summerall's 16th, and for older fans, that makes this a very sad day, as frankly, football just hasn't been the same since he hung up his microphone.
Summerall was a football broadcaster for four decades, first at CBS, then at FOX after the latter network secured the rights to broadcast NFC games. For 21 of those seasons he was teamed with Madden, and the pair became the preeminent broadcast tandem in the game.
Summerall and Madden were the perfect pairing...

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