by Chris Bahn
Posted 4/17/2013 10:02 am
Updated 2 years ago
Football fans and the broadcasting community are among those mourning the death of Pat Summerall.
Summerall, 82, was a former Arkansas Razorback football player and called more Super Bowls than any announcer in the game’s history. Tributes popped up all over the web for Summerall, who told the Little Rock Touchdown Club during a 2010 appearance that he continued to have a fondness for the Razorbacks even after his career:
I still value the days I spent at the University of Arkansas. I'm proud I still know how to call the Hogs. I went back there years ago to accept a journalism award. Of course, I couldn’t pass English while I was there.
• As the ArkansasExpats remind us, Summerall was the voice of a couple of pregame intro videos for football.
• Summerall’s voice and style were distinct, the AP remembers:
Pat Summerall soothed American television audiences over four decades - his deep, resonant voice and simple, understated style served as the perfect complement to the boisterous enthusiasm of John Madden, his partner in a celebrated pairing that lasted half of the NFL player-turned-announcer's career.
• The NFL presented an award annually named in Summerall’s honor, per Broadcasting & Cable:
He was awarded the Pete Rozell Radio-Television Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994. Beginning in 2006, the NFL presented the Pat Summerall Award annually to "a deserving recipient who through their career has demonstrated the character, integrity and leadership both on and off the job that the name Pat Summerall represents."
• From the NY Times obit:
On a December afternoon in 1958, Summerall kicked a 49-yard field goal in a snowstorm at Yankee Stadium to give the Giants a 13-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns and send the teams to a playoff for the Eastern Conference title. The Giants beat the Browns again the next Sunday, then played in the first of three National Football League championship games in Summerall’s years with them.
That field goal provided one of the more thrilling moments in Giants history. But when Summerall took up broadcasting, he shunned the dramatic turn, preferring an understated and spare style in doing the play-by-play.
• The Dallas Morning News has a detailed obit, including highlights from Summerall’s high school playing days.