Sportscaster Pat Summerall Dead at 82

He called football and much more for CBS and Fox

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 16, 2013 4:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – Longtime sportscaster Pat Summerall is dead at age 82, reports DallasNews.com. Summerall had been in the hospital recovering from a broken hip. Most might recall him as John Madden's partner on football games, but Summerall also called NBA games, golf tournaments, tennis matches, and more for CBS and later Fox. Summerall also played in the NFL as a placekicker in the 1950s before becoming a broadcaster. He liked to say that his five-week stay at the Betty Ford clinic in 1992—he was an alcoholic—saved his life.

“I was so lucky I got to work with Pat,” says Madden. "He was so easy to work with. He knew how to use words. For a guy like myself who rambles on and on and doesn’t always make sense, he was sent from heaven.”

In this 2002 file photo, Fox broadcasters Pat Summerall, left, and John Madden stand in the FOX broadcast booth at the Louisiana Superdome before  Super Bowl XXXVI.
In this 2002 file photo, Fox broadcasters Pat Summerall, left, and John Madden stand in the FOX broadcast booth at the Louisiana Superdome before Super Bowl XXXVI.   (AP Photo/Ric Feld, File)
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