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Pat Summerall's Death

Pat Summerall

The life and death of Pat Summerall:

In many ways, he had a unique insight on pro football, as both a player and a broadcaster, and he was considered by many as the play-by-play voice of the game for many years. His broadcast resume was broad, however, as he also worked 26 Masters Golf Tournaments and 21 U.S. Opens.

He was born George Allen Summerall, but was known to all at Pat. He grew up in Lake City, Florida and played football, baseball, basketball and tennis. He went on to play college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks was drafted into the NFL by the Detroit Lions in 1952, playing with legendary quarterback Bobby Layne.

His next NFL stop was with the then Chicago (later St. Louis and now Arizona) Cardinals from 1953-57.

Pat Summerall, Chicago Cardinals

But his most notable playing time was as placekicker for the New York Giants from 1958 to 1961.

Pat Summerall, New York Giants

One of his Giants' teammates also went on to broadcasting fame, Frank Gifford.

Pat Summerall with Frank Gifford

And Summerall also played for two coaching legends: Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry.

After his football playing days ended, Pat went into broadcasting, starting with a morning show on pre-all-news WINS in New York City. He was also hired by CBS Sports in 1962 on its NFL coverage and had several broacast partners until he was teamed with John Madden in 1981.

Pat Summerall with John Madden

Here's the popular pair on CBS before 1987 playoff game between the Washington Redskins and the Chicago Bears

Summerall – Madden moved to Fox in 1994 when that network assumed NFC games, a pairing that lasted, in all, 22 years.

Pat Summerall and John Madden with fox sports

After the move to Fox, he and Madden were featured in an episode of "The Simpson's"

Pat Summerall and John Madden in an episode of The Simpsons

But his real mark was as the voice of sixteen Super Bowls. He also was a familiar voice as a commercial pitchman for Ace Hardware and Dux beds.

Pat was known to be suffering from alcoholism in the early 1990's but he got help and overcame his addiction. Nevertheless, he required a liver transplant in 2004.

Pat underwent broken hip surgery in Dallas at Zale Lipshy University Hospital and died there of cardiac arrest at the age of 82.

Nearly 1700 mourners gathered at Prestonwood Baptist Church to pay tribute to Summerall.

Pat Summerall funeral

Pat's buried at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Pat Summerall grave
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