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NFL broadcaster, local icon Pat Summerall dies at age 82
Dallas Morning News ^ | April 16 2013 | SportsDayDFW.com

Posted on 04/16/2013 2:25:41 PM PDT by re_nortex

Pat Summerall died Tuesday. He was 82.

He died in his hospital room at Zale Lipshy Hospital where he was recovering from surgery for a broken hip, a family friend confirmed.

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1 posted on 04/16/2013 2:25:41 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: re_nortex

Damn.....IMHO the best NFL play-by-play caller, ever.


2 posted on 04/16/2013 2:26:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: re_nortex

R.I.P.

Many, MANY years of enjoyment, thanks to you.


3 posted on 04/16/2013 2:27:46 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: dfwgator
Troy Aikman had these comments about Summerall:

Summerall has made a difference in the lives of many. Although recognized as the preeminent play-by-play broadcaster, his most notable contribution was how he impacted the lives of his friends. Pat was my friend and he will be missed.

4 posted on 04/16/2013 2:29:05 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: re_nortex

Lots of years of good sports memories. RIP, Pat.


5 posted on 04/16/2013 2:29:26 PM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: dfwgator
Yes, the best. Whippersnappers only got to see him after the long decline. Pity them.
6 posted on 04/16/2013 2:30:05 PM PDT by Dysart ( Democracy is the road to socialism-- Karl Marx)
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To: re_nortex

Wow.. sad to hear. A real joy to listen to.


7 posted on 04/16/2013 2:30:20 PM PDT by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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To: re_nortex

Actually ran into him once when he was coming out of a hospital in Southlake, he was a big guy, much taller than I thought from seeing him on TV.


8 posted on 04/16/2013 2:30:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: re_nortex

RIP Mr. Summerall. He and Madden were the best.


9 posted on 04/16/2013 2:31:11 PM PDT by Marathoner (Anyone who believes in liberty and the Constitution has almost zero representation in DC today)
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To: Dysart

Even during his “decline” he still was better than most.


10 posted on 04/16/2013 2:31:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Track9

Pat Summerall painted pictures with just a few words: “Simms. Bavaro. Touchdown.”


11 posted on 04/16/2013 2:32:13 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: re_nortex

He almost hit me once! I was stopped on NW Hwy in the left turn lane (was pulled out too far) and he was turning left from Mockingbird Ln.


12 posted on 04/16/2013 2:33:02 PM PDT by Dysart ( Democracy is the road to socialism-- Karl Marx)
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To: re_nortex

“Pat Summerall painted pictures with just a few words: “Simms. Bavaro. Touchdown.””

Amen.

RIP, Pat Summerall.


13 posted on 04/16/2013 2:33:53 PM PDT by Yehuda
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To: re_nortex

I almost forgot he first got started with Brookshier....who ended his career with that infamous comment about Louisville’s basketball team and “total team IQ...”

I bet those two were a hoot after a few belts.....


14 posted on 04/16/2013 2:34:27 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: re_nortex

In a way to me, he was the voice of the Cowboys, during their heyday in the 90s. He and Aikman were very close.


15 posted on 04/16/2013 2:34:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: re_nortex

He and Keith Jackson were the best!

Pray for Pat’s family


16 posted on 04/16/2013 2:36:13 PM PDT by bray (Surviving to spite Obama)
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To: re_nortex

Ah... Sad... Thought about him recently and wondered what he was up to..

RIP, Pat


17 posted on 04/16/2013 2:36:49 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: re_nortex

I was just thinking about him yesterday. He used to broadcast the Masters and other golf tournaments, too.


18 posted on 04/16/2013 2:37:34 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: dfwgator
Actually ran into him once when he was coming out of a hospital in Southlake, he was a big guy, much taller than I thought from seeing him on TV.

Summerall stood 6'4". I ran into the Ticket's Norm Hitzges recently and he's also taller than expected, around 6'2". Speaking of that, here's Norm and Pat from the December 2010 Normathon.

19 posted on 04/16/2013 2:37:40 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Summerall and Brookshier were the best that ever were.

No other sportscasters (football) can hold a candle to them.


20 posted on 04/16/2013 2:37:52 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: ScottinVA
Pat
21 posted on 04/16/2013 2:39:25 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: re_nortex

I didn’t even know he had broken his hip. Not good at that age.


22 posted on 04/16/2013 2:39:32 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Peter W. Kessler

Actually one of the better football announcers IMHO was Vin Scully when he did NFL games for CBS....he announced “The Catch” in the 81 NFC Championship Game.


23 posted on 04/16/2013 2:41:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
A professional. I bet he rarely called athletes by their first names similar to today's cheerleaders.
24 posted on 04/16/2013 2:42:55 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: re_nortex
When I was living in SoCal (c.1973), Pat and Tommy Brookshire were the main play by play guys for the LA Rams games.

Every once and a while, Pat had a little too much cough medicine before the game.

No one complained. We all loved the guy more for it, in fact.

Simpler times, better times. Thanks to Pat

Go Mustangs !

25 posted on 04/16/2013 2:43:53 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: The USA is in a Cold Civil War.)
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To: dfwgator

He was also a pretty goods kicker..


26 posted on 04/16/2013 2:51:24 PM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline has mysteriously vanished...)
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To: ken5050

I’ll forgive him for not choosing to go to UF.


27 posted on 04/16/2013 2:52:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: re_nortex

As a Razorback and a football fan, I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Summerall. It is a sad day. I hope he gets to call a game with Paul Eeels now!


28 posted on 04/16/2013 2:54:49 PM PDT by RobertClark (My shrink just killed himself - he blamed me in his note!)
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To: dfwgator

Much like old Cold War Soviet Dictators who caught colds, the elderly who fall and break hips seldom recover.


29 posted on 04/16/2013 2:55:10 PM PDT by Autonomous User (Pain Fades. Chicks Dig Scars. Glory lasts forever.)
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To: dfwgator
I didn’t even know he had broken his hip. Not good at that age

Broken hip leads to immobility leads to pneumonia*

* an old man's best friend per my dad, an old country doc.

30 posted on 04/16/2013 2:55:12 PM PDT by llevrok (2013: The USA is in a Cold Civil War.)
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To: ken5050
He was also a pretty goods kicker..

Yes he was! His game winning kick led AR past TX the first time ever in Fayetteville.

31 posted on 04/16/2013 2:58:33 PM PDT by RobertClark (My shrink just killed himself - he blamed me in his note!)
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To: re_nortex

If he had been British, no doubt there would be the usual snide comments about the NHS killing him.

However I will resist any such comment about US healthcare.


32 posted on 04/16/2013 3:05:28 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: the scotsman
You need only resist temporarily, m'FRiend, only temporarily.

As a friend of mine in Texas puts it: "That ain't right, but it's fer dangsure true."

33 posted on 04/16/2013 3:11:30 PM PDT by SAJ (What is the next tagline some overweening mod will censor?)
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To: dfwgator
. . . to the forty . . . to the thirty . . . to the twenty. . . . touchdown Dallas.

Sooo understated, unlike today's buttkissers such as Joe Buck.

34 posted on 04/16/2013 3:16:00 PM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: the scotsman

Unrelated subject, but I just saw today that NBC signed a major deal with the English Premier League to carry their games here in the US.


35 posted on 04/16/2013 3:18:42 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: re_nortex

I remember watching his last broadcast. One of the posters in the stands read:

Summerral the same Pat,
But you’re one of a kind.


36 posted on 04/16/2013 3:19:47 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: dfwgator

Summerall was a longtime NFL defensive lineman who also was a placekicker....back in his era it was common for a regular every down player to kick ( Lou “The Toe” Groza was a DL/PK for the Browns)

He had that awesome baritone voice that you find in Florida natives before the Northern Invasion (Like Buddy Ebsen, Pat Boone)...Summer all originally from Lake City


37 posted on 04/16/2013 3:22:19 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (GOP - Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: SeminoleCounty

Pretty much all of the great old baseball/football announcers hailed from the South.


38 posted on 04/16/2013 3:23:34 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Pretty much all of the great old baseball/football announcers hailed from the South.

GMTA.

Red Barber, Keith Jackson, Mel Allen and Ernie Harwell come immediately to mind. Yet, in a twist of irony, some of the iconic broadcasters for Southern teams are New Yorkers.

The Texas Rangers PBP man, Eric Nadel, is from Brooklyn and another one from there is Eli Gold, the voice of perhaps the most Southern of all sports teams, Alabama's (the "Heart of Dixie") Crimson Tide. And of course Gold is associated with NASCAR, a sport that for many years was almost exclusively Southern.

39 posted on 04/16/2013 3:29:18 PM PDT by re_nortex
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To: re_nortex

Mark Holtz was the best though...Nadel can’t hold a candle to him.


40 posted on 04/16/2013 3:30:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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Pat and John Madden do some play-by-play and great, knowledgeble talk while broadcasting a Dallas - Miami game in 1996...

I miss the level of greatness that guys like Pat Summerall had!

41 posted on 04/16/2013 3:33:37 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: SeminoleCounty
Yeah what a voice.

Very distinctive and great for football.

Much as I loved John Madden's knowledge and humor, he always sounded drunk to me. Even when he was 50.

BTW, thanks for the bio. I didn't know Summerall was a player.

42 posted on 04/16/2013 4:10:35 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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I feel sorry for the younger guys who never got to see Brookshire and Summeral broadcast a Cowboys game, or hear Madden in his heyday. Great memories.


43 posted on 04/16/2013 4:22:22 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: re_nortex

RIP Pat .. you were a consummate professional.


44 posted on 04/16/2013 4:51:35 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: re_nortex

Rest In Peace, Mr. Summerall. Thank you for all the years of enjoyment and for making such great use of your God-given talent. Our prayers are with your loved ones.


45 posted on 04/16/2013 5:18:09 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: re_nortex

RIP.


46 posted on 04/16/2013 5:32:25 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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I assume his alcoholic years didn’t help.

My Mom (RIP), an alcoholic herself, used to call Summerall and Madden “boozer and blowhard”.


47 posted on 04/16/2013 5:37:14 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: re_nortex

He had the chops and most of all, the voice. I can hear it in my head typing this.


48 posted on 04/16/2013 6:46:47 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: re_nortex
It seems that everybody I used to watch on TV when I was a kid is dying off. When will the madness end? If this pace keeps up, there will soon be nobody left alive that was on the TV when I was a kid.
49 posted on 04/16/2013 7:23:37 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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He had an amazingly understated way of calling games. He was the perfect man to pair with somebody as hyperactive as John Madden.

Summerall calling an NFC East showdown...man, those were the days.

}:-)4


50 posted on 04/17/2013 4:47:15 AM PDT by Moose4 (SHALL. NOT. BE. INFRINGED.)
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