Pat Summerall, the long time NFL TV play by play announcer with Tom Brookshier and Hall of Fame coach John Madden of CBS and Fox passed away today of a cardiac arrest at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Tuesday.
Summerall, 82, spent over 50 years in the NFL, 10 as a player (Chicago Cardinals and NY Giants primarily as a kicker and some time defensive back) and the last 40 announcing footballs games concluding with Super Bowl XXXVI where the New England Patriots defeated the St. Louis Rams on a time elapsing kick by then Patriots kicker Adam Vinatieri. Summerall called the kick saying "It's right down the pipe. Adam Vinatieri. No time on the clock. And the Patriots have won Super Bowl XXXVI. Unbelievable.
Summerall had health issues after he left the booth. He first needed a liver transplant that he received in 2004 after years of alcohol abuse. After being sober for over 12 years he received the liver from a 13-year-old junior high football player from Arkansas who died unexpectedly from an aneurysm. Summerall had an emotional meeting with the teenager's family the following year. He had two subsequent surgeries for cataract (2006) and hip replacement (2008) before he died Tuesday.
Summerall’s long time friend, colleague and partner Madden said in the ESPN News article "Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years," Madden said in a statement Tuesday. "We never had one argument, and that was because of Pat. He was a great broadcaster and a great man. He always had a joke. Pat never complained and we never had an unhappy moment. He was something very special. Pat Summerall is the voice of football and always will be."
Summerall, born George Allen, was nicked named “Pat” after the acronym for a Point After Touchdown, which was always seen on the scoreboard as “PAT Summerall” after he would kick the extra point.
Summerall originally from Florida, went to the University of Arkansas and graduated in 1953 after playing football for the Razorbacks from 1949-51.