Former kicker, broadcaster Summerall dies

4:47 PM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
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Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Pat Summerall, who enjoyed a 10-year NFL career as a kicker and then had a broadcasting career which lasted more than four decades, has passed away at the age of 82.

The Dallas Morning News reported the news on Tuesday afternoon.

A native of Florida and a product of the University of Arkansas, Summerall was a fourth-round pick of the Lions in 1952, but spent only one season there before moving onto the Chicago Cardinals from 1953-57 and then attaining his greatest success with the New York Giants.

In his final four NFL seasons with the Giants (1958-61), Summerall helped the football club to three first-place finishes and an NFL championship game appearance thanks to converting 136-of-138 points after touchdowns -- which prompted his teammates to give the man whose given name was George the nickname, Pat, that lasted for the rest of his life.

As a broadcaster, Summerall called numerous golf events for CBS -- including The Masters -- but his best and most lasting work occurred in football. He was behind the microphone for a record 16 Super Bowls on network television, the first five as an analyst. He worked for CBS from 1961 to 1993, moved with the NFL to Fox in 1994, then retired after the 2002 season, but not before working eight Super Bowls alongside partner and former Raiders head coach John Madden.

Following that initial retirement, Summerall worked occasional NFL games in 2004, 2006 and '07, while also calling four Cotton Bowls from 2007-10.

For his efforts, Summerall was named national sportscaster of the year in 1977 and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1994 -- the same year the Pro Football Hall of Fame granted him the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for exceptional broadcasting contributions to the game.

Summerall was a long-time resident of the Dallas area.

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