Pat Summerall

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Giants - signed first edition - 2010

Pat Summerall biography

Pat Summerall, born George Allen Summerall on May 10, 1930, in Lake City, Florida, was an iconic American sportscaster and former professional football player. His illustrious career spanned several decades and left an indelible mark on the world of sports broadcasting. Summerall's journey into the world of football began during his college years at the University of Arkansas, where he excelled as a placekicker for the Razorbacks football team. His talent on the field caught the attention of professional scouts, and in 1952, he was drafted by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). Summerall went on to enjoy a successful 10-year career as a placekicker in the NFL, playing for teams such as the Chicago Cardinals and the New York Giants. After retiring from professional football, Summerall seamlessly transitioned into a career in sports broadcasting. He quickly established himself as one of the most recognizable and respected voices in the industry, known for his smooth delivery, insightful commentary, and encyclopedic knowledge of the game.

Summerall's broadcasting career reached new heights when he formed a legendary partnership with former NFL player and coach John Madden. Together, they became the iconic voices of NFL coverage, providing play-by-play commentary and analysis for countless memorable games and Super Bowls. Their chemistry and camaraderie endeared them to fans across the country and cemented their status as one of the greatest broadcasting duos in sports history.

In addition to his work as a football announcer, Summerall also lent his talents to other sports, including golf and tennis, further showcasing his versatility and expertise as a broadcaster. Throughout his career, Summerall received numerous accolades and awards for his contributions to sports broadcasting, including induction into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.

Off the air, Summerall was known for his humility, professionalism, and generosity, earning the admiration and respect of colleagues and fans alike. He was deeply committed to his craft and dedicated to providing viewers with the highest quality sports coverage possible. Pat Summerall passed away on April 16, 2013, at the age of 82, leaving behind a lasting legacy as one of the most beloved and influential figures in the history of sports broadcasting. His contributions to the world of football and his iconic voice will continue to resonate with fans for generations to come.

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