Apr 162013

NFL legendary announcer Pat Summerall dies and leaves a legacy of greatness

Pat Summerall is an American icon. No NFL broadcaster is more beloved or respected. He was a giant among men. He overcame the demons of alcoholism, became a strong voice for sobriety, and demonstrated what it means to be a fine Christian man. He will be greatly missed and forever remembered.

Storified by Gene· Tue, Apr 16 2013 18:35:44

Pat Summerall, former Giants kicker and giant in the broadcasting industry, dies at age 82From the blog Shutdown Corner: The brilliance of Pat Summerall was always what he didn’t say. He didn’t have to be the loudest or most ve…
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Jerry Jones eloquently honors the memory of Pat Summerall

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Twitter Tributes to Summerall

One of the great voices of football history, Pat Summerall, has been silenced. RIP.Adam Schefter
RIP Pat Summerall. Greatness never diesLil Wayne WEEZY F
RIP Pat SummerallDallas Cowboys
The sound of Pat Summerall’s voice is one reason football is now America’s game. Been awhile since we’ve heard it, but he’s still the GOAT.Ryan Braschler
RIP Pat Summerall. A true professional and master of words will be missed.ESPN Monday Night
RIP Pat Summerall. A broadcasting legend passes away at the age of 82. No broadcaster called more Super Bowls (16) than him.Sports Illustrated
RIP Pat Summerall. A great pro. Nobody ever said more with such a wonderful economy with words.Jay Bilas
Pat Summerall is still to many the voice of football. He’ll be missed. RIPPro Football Focus
RT @dallasnews: Pat Summerall has died, The Dallas Morning News has learned … One of the classiest men I’ve ever met.Peter King
We are saddened to learn that the Dallas Morning News is reporting the death of legendary Pat Summerall.1310 The Ticket

A personal observation

Pat Summerall was a huge part of my life for 40 years. Sunday afternoons were all the more special when Pat was on the call. He made great games all the better. He could say more in a simple phrase than most can in an entire broadcast.
About ten years ago, my wife and I visited First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas where Summerall was a member. We had no idea he would be on stage that day. As he did in the broadcast booth, Pat spoke simply and eloquently about the importance of faith in overcoming a problem with alcoholism and surviving a liver transplant. He did not grandstand or talk down to the crowd. It was like listening to a trusted friend that spoke with the authority of experience.
I admit I wept when I learned of his passing and fight tears as I write this. 
May God bless the memory of this good man.

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Gene Strother (414 Posts)

Gene has been an avid Dallas Cowboys fan for nearly five decades, which amounts to just about his entire life. The only time he was not a Cowboys fan was that brief period at the beginning of his life, when he didn't have all his baby teeth and could not yet say "Cowboys." As soon as quit slobbering, he started hollering, "Go Cowboys!"

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