CBS announcer Pat Summerall during ceremonies honoring Jack Nicklaus at August National Golf Club in 1998. Porter Binks, USA TODAY
By Rachel Shuster, USA TODAY Sports
For many sports fans in the 1960s through the 1990s, Pat Summerall was the
voice of the NFL, starting with CBS' Sunday telecasts and later with
Fox, famously paired for much of that time with John Madden.
Summerall, 82, passed away Tuesday, Fox Sports spokesman Dan Bell said. The Dallas Morning News reported Summerall died in his room at Zale Lipshy Hospital, where he was recovering from surgery for a broken hip, a family friend confirmed.
a record 16 Super Bowls, drawing on his football relationships made
during his nine-plus years as a kicker in the NFL, primarily for the
then-Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants from 1952 to 1961.
He had been ill off and on in his later years and had a liver transplant in 2004.
was a trusted, low-key, to the point voice, which made the contrast to
the effervescent Madden -- "Boom!" -- a pairing that was informative and
His last Super Bowl worked was for Fox on Feb. 3, 2002, which was also his last game with Madden, ending a 21-year run together.
became so gifted at his second career that he was named National
Sportscaster of the Year in 1977 by the National Sportscasters and
Sportswriters Association and inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1994.
football recognized him, too, as the 1994 recipient of the Pete Rozelle
Radio-Television Award, by the Pro Football Hall of Fame "for longtime
exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional
And in 1999 he was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.
Allen "Pat" Summerall was born May 10, 1930, in Lake City, Fla., a
rural area midway between Jacksonville and Tallahassee. He was an
all-around athlete and attended the University of Arkansas on a
basketball scholarship. Once there he became an all-Southwest Conference
selection in basketball and football. He graduated with a degree in
education and later earned a master's degree in Russian history.