DALLAS (AP) — Pat Summerall, the NFL player-turned-broadcaster whose deep, resonant voice called games for more than 40 years, has died at the age of 82.
Fox Sports spokesman Dan Bell said Tuesday that Summerall had died. He could not immediately provide further details.
Summerall was part of network television broadcasts for 16 Super Bowls. His last championship game was for Fox on Feb. 3, 2002, also his last game with longtime partner John Madden. The popular duo worked together for 21 years, moving to Fox in 1994 after years as the lead team for CBS.
Summerall played 10 NFL seasons (1952-61) with the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants. He started doing NFL games for CBS in 1964. He also covered the PGA Tour and tennis.
Personalities and talents from around CBS Sports spoke on Summerall’s passing.
“There is no one more closely associated with the great legacy and tradition of CBS Sports than Pat Summerall,” Sean McManus, Chairman of CBS Sports said. “His voice was synonymous with big events whether it was NFL football at the Super Bowl, the Masters, Or the U.S. Open.”
“Pat was a friend of nearly 40 years,” Verne Lundquist explained. “He was a master of restraint in his commentary, an example for all of us. He was also one of the great storytellers who ever spoke into a microphone.”
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