Pat Summerall

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Pat Summerall

Original Name George Allen Summerall
Lake City, Columbia County, Florida, USA
Death 16 Apr 2013 (aged 82)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot Columbarium D, CT1, Site D79
Memorial ID 108623875 · View Source
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Professional Football Player, Sports Broadcaster. After an accomplished career as a player in the National Football League, he went onto have a lengthy broadcasting career of calling nationally televised football games and other events on the CBS and Fox Networks. He will perhaps be best remembered for being paired with Tom Brooksheir followed by John Madden. Born George Allen Summerall, he attended Columbia High School in Florida and played collegiate football at the University of Arkansas. During his high school years, he was a well-versed athlete whom excelled in basketball and tennis, as well as football. For ten seasons (1952 to 1961), he played at the defensive-end, offensive-end and place-kicker positions (primarily) in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants. Selected by Detroit during the 4th-round of the 1952 NFL Draft, he totaled 109 regular season games. He was a contributor to three Giants' squads which reached the NFL Championship Game (1958, 1959 and 1961), for which included the title game referred to as "The Greatest Game Ever Played" in 1958. Individually, he led the NFL with 20 field goals made in 1959. Summerall's pronounced voice was a perfect fit for broadcasting and during his career which lasted from 1962 until 2002, he covered major golf tournaments including The Masters, NBA games and tennis matches, in addition to football for which included 16 Superbowl games. During the early 1990s, it became known he was suffering from alcoholism and with the aid of intervention from his inner-circle of friends including Brooksheir, he sought help and overcame his addiction. However, the damage was already inflicted and in 2004, he required a liver transplant. He briefly returned to the broadcaster's booth as a fill-in for Mike Patrick (while Patrick recovered from heart surgery) on ESPN's coverage of football games in 2004 and additionally called collegiate football contests notably the Cotton Bowl. He died following surgery to repair a broken hip.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 16 Apr 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 108623875
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pat Summerall (10 May 1930–16 Apr 2013), Find a Grave Memorial no. 108623875, citing Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .