Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 4/17/13
The NFL forever lost part of its voice on Tuesday, as Pat Summerall passed away at the age of 82. The lead Sunday play-by-play man for CBS and later FOX, Summerall built a legacy that included a record 16 Super Bowls behind the mic and a part of perhaps sports' greatest broadcasting duo. Along with longtime partner John Madden and NFL Films' John Facenda, Summerall will be remembered as one of the three voices most associated with professional football. But even among that Big Three, Summerall stood alone. While Madden was a coach before a broadcaster and Facenda made his mark as the first voice of the NFL, Summerall first excelled on the field. Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1952, he played 10 seasons as a kicker, primarily for the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants, before retiring in 1961. His 49-yard field goal late in a game played in a snowstorm gave the New York Giants a 13-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns in the 1958 regular-season finale, forcing a playoff between ...
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