CBS and Fox Sports NFL announcer Pat Summerall has passed away in Dallas. He was 82. Long paired with color commentator John Madden, Summerall was the lead broadcaster who began his career with CBS from 1961 to 1993 and then in 1994 moved to Fox. He covered a record 16 Super Bowls on network TV, the first 5 as an analyst and 8 of them with Madden. News reports say their 1982 Super Bowl XVI coverage remains the highest-rated sports program of all time with more than 49% of America tuning in. As the straight man to Madden’s animated style, Summerall with his resonant voice and handsome looks was the iconic image of a pro football TV announcer. The Dallas Morning News wrote today: “Employing a signature succinct staccato style that was brief and to the point, Pat Summerall grew into the pre-eminent network NFL voice for a generation of television viewers.” He retired after the 2002 season. Summerall lived just 20 minutes away from Texas Stadium, where the Cowboys play.
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