42 Facts About Pat Summerall

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George Allen "Pat" Summerall was an American football player and television sportscaster who worked for CBS, Fox, and ESPN.

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Pat Summerall announced 16 Super Bowls on network television, 26 Masters Tournaments, and 21 US Opens.

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3.

Pat Summerall contributed to 10 Super Bowl broadcasts on CBS Radio as a pregame host or analyst.

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4.

Pat Summerall played football for the Arkansas Razorbacks and then in the National Football League from 1952 through 1961.

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Pat Summerall was drafted by the Detroit Lions and played with Bobby Layne.

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Pat Summerall's best playing years were as a kicker with the New York Giants.

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Pat Summerall worked with Tom Brookshier and then John Madden on NFL telecasts for CBS and Fox.

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Pat Summerall was named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1977, and inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1994.

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Pat Summerall was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

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Pat Summerall was inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame and was later named to the FHSAA's All-Century Team.

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11.

Pat Summerall played college football from 1949 to 1951 at the University of Arkansas, where he played defensive end, tight end, and placekicker positions for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

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12.

Pat Summerall graduated in 1953 majoring in Russian history, according to CBS News.

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13.

Pat Summerall spent ten years as a professional football player in the National Football League, primarily as a placekicker.

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14.

Pat Summerall played the pre-season with the Lions before breaking his arm, which ended the year for him.

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15.

Pat Summerall co-hosted the syndicated NFL Films series This Week in Pro Football in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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16.

Pat Summerall was featured in and hosted various production shows, such as Summerall Success Stories and Champions of Industry.

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17.

Pat Summerall served as the host of Sports Stars of Tomorrow and Future Phenoms, two nationally syndicated high school sports shows based out of Fort Worth, Texas.

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In 1968, after CBS abandoned the practice of assigning dedicated announcing crews to particular NFL teams, Pat Summerall ascended to the network's lead national crew, pairing with Jack Buck and then Ray Scott.

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In 1981, Pat Summerall was teamed with former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden, a pairing that would last for 22 seasons on two networks and become one of the most well-known partnerships in television sportscasting history.

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20.

Pat Summerall's stature as pro football's premier television broadcaster was a result of two things: first, his ability to play the "straight man" alongside John Madden's lively, verbose persona; second, his economical delivery that magnified the drama of a moment while allowing the pictures and his baritone-like voice to tell the story.

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21.

Pat Summerall's style was closely modeled on that of his predecessor as CBS's main NFL announcer, Ray Scott, known for his minimalist style.

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22.

Pat Summerall covered other events such as ABA for CBS during this period.

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23.

In 1975, Pat Summerall hosted the Pan American Games in Mexico, and in 1976 he teamed with Tom Brookshier to call some heavyweight boxing matches for CBS.

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24.

In 1985, Pat Summerall called college basketball, working NCAA men's tournament games for CBS with Larry Conley.

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25.

Pat Summerall called at least one Professional Bowlers Association event, which was the 1975 Brunswick World Open.

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Pat Summerall signed off the broadcast thus, surrounded by the other CBS commentators that were working the tournament:.

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27.

Between CBS and Fox, Pat Summerall called 11 Super Bowls on television play-by-play, a record matched by Al Michaels with Super Bowl LVI in 2022.

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28.

Pat Summerall was lured out of retirement and re-signed with Fox for the 2002 season because Ray Bentley was let go.

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However, since Madden had left to take over the color commentator position on Monday Night Football from Dan Fouts and Dennis Miller for ABC and Fox had promoted Joe Buck to be its number one NFL play-by-play voice, Pat Summerall was paired with Brian Baldinger on regional telecasts.

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30.

One of the games Pat Summerall called was the Cowboys' game against the Seattle Seahawks at Texas Stadium, in which Emmitt Smith broke Walter Payton's career rushing yardage record.

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31.

Pat Summerall retired again following the 2002 season but in 2006, he served as a substitute for Kenny Albert alongside Baldinger for the Week 8 game between the eventual NFC champion Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers.

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From 2007 until 2010, Pat Summerall appeared as the play-by-play voice of the network's coverage of the Cotton Bowl Classic game.

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33.

In 2011, Pat Summerall appeared on the pregame coverage of the Cotton Bowl.

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34.

Pat Summerall provided game commentary for the Golden Tee Golf video game series and narrated the first episode of the WrestleMania Rewind series for the WWE Network .

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35.

Pat Summerall was the 1994 recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, bestowed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame "for longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football".

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36.

Since 2006, the "Pat Summerall Award" has been presented at the annual Legends for Charity Luncheon given on Super Bowl weekend at the NFL's headquarters hotel in the host city.

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37.

Pat Summerall served as the longtime radio spokesman for the Dux Beds company, a Swedish maker of mattresses, and its "Duxiana" stores.

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38.

Pat Summerall started doing work as a commentator for the Madden NFL video game franchise in the game John Madden Football '92.

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39.

Pat Summerall provided commentary, alongside Madden, on Cartoon Network's annual Super Bowl parodies, The Big Game, from 1998 through 2001.

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40.

Pat Summerall appeared in the music video for Forever the Sickest Kids' 2010 single "She Likes ".

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41.

In 2006, Pat Summerall underwent cataract surgery, and had an intraocular lens implanted.

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42.

Pat Summerall checked into St Paul University Hospital in Dallas, Texas, for surgery on a broken hip.

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