Pat Summerall Dies; NFL Star, Broadcaster Was 82

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Pat Summerall has passed away, according to reports. The former NFL star and longtime broadcaster with CBS and Fox Sports was 82 years old.

His cause of death has not been revealed.


Before becoming known to generations of fans as one of football's best known TV personalities, Pat was a star kicker with the Lions, Cardinals and Giants.

Partnering with John Madden, Summerall called the Super Bowl in 1982, the highest rated game of all time, along with 15 other Super Bowl contests.

His final game was Super Bowl XXXVI on February 3, 2002, when the Patriots stunned the Rams on a last-second field goal by Adam Vinatieri.

Watch and listen to Pat on the call below!

In a statement Tuesday, Madden said: "Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years."

"He was a great broadcaster and a great man. He always had a joke."

"We never had one argument, and that was because of Pat."

"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, who also called 27 Masters (golf) and 21 U.S. Opens (tennis) for CBS, had been in steadily declining health since a 2004 liver transplant.

The giant of broadcasting was honored as such as a living legend, being inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999.


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