Skip to comments.NFL broadcaster, local icon Pat Summerall dies at age 82
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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Damn.....IMHO the best NFL play-by-play caller, ever.
Many, MANY years of enjoyment, thanks to you.
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.
Lots of years of good sports memories. RIP, Pat.
Wow.. sad to hear. A real joy to listen to.
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.
RIP Mr. Summerall. He and Madden were the best.
Even during his “decline” he still was better than most.
Pat Summerall painted pictures with just a few words: “Simms. Bavaro. Touchdown.”
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.
“Pat Summerall painted pictures with just a few words: Simms. Bavaro. Touchdown.”
RIP, Pat Summerall.
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.....
In a way to me, he was the voice of the Cowboys, during their heyday in the 90s. He and Aikman were very close.
He and Keith Jackson were the best!
Pray for Pat’s family
Ah... Sad... Thought about him recently and wondered what he was up to..
I was just thinking about him yesterday. He used to broadcast the Masters and other golf tournaments, too.
Summerall and Brookshier were the best that ever were.
No other sportscasters (football) can hold a candle to them.
I didn’t even know he had broken his hip. Not good at that age.
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.
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 !
He was also a pretty goods kicker..
I’ll forgive him for not choosing to go to UF.
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!
Much like old Cold War Soviet Dictators who caught colds, the elderly who fall and break hips seldom recover.
Broken hip leads to immobility leads to pneumonia*
* an old man's best friend per my dad, an old country doc.
Yes he was! His game winning kick led AR past TX the first time ever in Fayetteville.
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.
As a friend of mine in Texas puts it: "That ain't right, but it's fer dangsure true."
Sooo understated, unlike today's buttkissers such as Joe Buck.
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.
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.
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
Pretty much all of the great old baseball/football announcers hailed from the South.
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.
Mark Holtz was the best though...Nadel can’t hold a candle to him.
I miss the level of greatness that guys like Pat Summerall had!
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.
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.
RIP Pat .. you were a consummate professional.
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.
I assume his alcoholic years didn’t help.
My Mom (RIP), an alcoholic herself, used to call Summerall and Madden “boozer and blowhard”.
He had the chops and most of all, the voice. I can hear it in my head typing this.
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.
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