As the top play-by-play announcer of his generation, sportscaster and NFL placekicker Pat Summerall worked a record 16 Super Bowls. His deep, understated voice with a twinge of southern drawl was also...
Lake City, Florida, USA
|Super Bowl XXXVI||2001 2000 - 2001||Actor||(Game Coverage)||20017|
|The Buick Open||1985 1984 - 1985||Actor||Commentator||19857|
|Super Bowl XXXIII||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||Play-By-Play Announcer||19987|
|The NFL Pre-Season Special||1987 1986 - 1987||Actor||Host/Reporter||19877|
|The Fox Sports Special: XXXI Superbowl Green Bay vs. New England||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||Play-by-Play Announcer||19967|
|Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open||1985 1984 - 1985||Actor||Commentator||19857|
|The International Golf Tournament||1985 1984 - 1985||Actor||Commentator||19857|
|The U.S. Open Tennis Championships||1985 1984 - 1985||Actor||Commentator||19857|
|The U.S. Open Tennis Championship||1985 1984 - 1985||Actor||Commentator||19857|
|19th Annual Blockbuster All-Madden Team||2001 2000 - 2001||Actor||Host||20017|
|The Little Caesar's 14th Annual All-Madden Team||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||Co-Host||19967|
|Outback Steakhouse All-Time All-Madden Super Bowl Team||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||Co-Host||19967|
|Little Caesar's 11th Annual All-Madden Team||1994 1993 - 1994||Actor||Co-Host||19947|
|The U.S. Open Tennis Championships||1987 1986 - 1987||Actor||Commentator||19877|
|Play by Play: A History of Sports Television||1991 1990 - 1991||Actor||Host||19917|
|Frank Gifford||2001 2000 - 2001||Actor||Interviewee||20017|
|Family Guy||2013 1997 - 2013||Voice||of Pat Summerall||20136|
|The Simpsons||2014 1988 - 2014||Voice||of Pat Summerall||20146|
|The Game of Their Lives||2001 2000 - 2001||Actor||Interviewee||20017|
|Super Night at the Super Bowl||1986 1985 - 1986||Actor||n/a||19867|
|The 2nd Annual Quill Awards||2006 2005 - 2006||Actor||Presenter||20067|
|Ned and Stacey||1996 1994 - 1996||Actor||Himself||19967|
|Played 10 years in NFL as kicker for Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals, and New York Giants|
|Inducted into The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame|
|Featured in ESPN documentary "The Greatest Game Ever Played"|
|After retiring from football, hired by CBS to work as NFL color commentator|
|Named National Sportscaster of the Year by The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association|
|Inducted into American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame|
|With Madden, hired by Fox network to cover "NFL on Fox"|
|Teamed up with former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden to form one of TV's most well-known sports broadcasting partnerships|
|Made play-by-play commentator by CBS|
|Made film acting debut in drama thriller "Black Sunday"|
|As member of New York Giants, took part in NFL Championship popularly called "the greatest game ever played"|
George Allen Summerall was born in Lake City, FL, at the height of The Great Depression. After nearly being sent to an orphanage as a child, Summerall was ultimately raised by an aunt and uncle, who began calling him "Pat." Summerall joked that they wanted something more "Irish-sounding" to match their own son Mike's name. At Columbia High School in Lake City, Summerall was a four-sport athlete, playing football, basketball, baseball and tennis, earning All-State honors in football and basketball. The 6-foot-4 Summerall played football at the University of Arkansas from 1949 to 1951, playing defensive end, tight end and placekicker. The Detroit Lions drafted Summerall in the fourth round of the 1952 NFL Draft, but he broke his arm during the preseason and never played for the team. The following season Summerall was traded to the Chicago Cardinals, where he played defensive end and placekicker from 1953 to 1957. It was as a placekicker that Summerall gained the attention of the Giants, who acquired him in 1958.
Summerall first rose to prominence during a memorable 1958 campaign. In a snowy regular-season finale against the Cleveland Browns, he kicked a 49-yard field goal, ending the game and keeping the Giants' season alive. Vince Lombardi, then the offensive coordinator for New York, was reportedly against sending in Summerall to attempt the long kick in the inclement weather. When Summerall made the kick, Lombardi allegedly greeted him on the sideline saying, "You son of a b*tch, you can't kick it that far!" Two weeks later the Giants lost to the Baltimore Colts in overtime in the NFL Championship Game, a nationally broadcast contest that raised the profile of the NFL and is now known as the "Greatest Game Ever Played." Summerall's last professional game was the 1961 NFL Championship Game between the Giants and the Green Bay Packers, now coached by his old offensive coordinator, Lombardi; Summerall and the Giants were shut out 37-0. For his career, Summerall was successful on 100 of 212 field goal attempts and 257 of 265 PATs.
After his playing days ended, Summerall was hired by CBS to provide commentary for NFL games. He also participated in the network's coverage of tennis and the PGA Tour, including the Masters, from 1968-94. Paired alongside NFL color commentator Tom Brookshier, Summerall was the play-by-play announcer for three Super Bowls in the 1970s. In 1981 he was paired with Madden, beginning a wildly popular two-decade partnership that saw both men ascend to the top of the commentating profession. After the 1993 season, Summerall and Madden moved to Fox as the network's premier NFL announcing duo. Calling his last Super Bowl in 2002 (which was also his final game with Madden), Summerall was typically laconic in announcing the New England Patriots' last-second, 20-17 win over the heavily favored St. Louis Rams. "It's right down the pipe. Adam Vinatieri. No time on the clock. And the Patriots have won Super Bowl XXXVI. Unbelievable," Summerall said.
A hard drinker for many years, Summerall entered the Betty Ford Clinic in 1992 at the urging of Brookshier and NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle. He would later speak publicly about his struggle with alcoholism: "I had no intention of quitting, I was having too good a time," Summerall said in a 2000 Associated Press story. "The prescribed stay at Betty Ford is 28 days. They kept me 33 because I was so angry at the people who did the intervention, the first five days didn't do me any good." After more than 20 years of sobriety and a liver transplant in 2004, Summerall died of cardiac arrest in his hometown of Dallas, TX, following surgery for a broken hip.
|Cheri Burns||Wife||Married March 16, 1996|
|Kathy Jacobs||Wife||Married July 1955; Divorced Oct. 2, 1995|
|University of Arkansas|
|Worked a record 16 Super Bowls as commentator.|
|"You always remember the days as a player. I was in four championship games before there was a Super Bowl, so I remember those very well." -- from The Associated Press, May 2009|
|Summerall checked into the Betty Ford Clinic in April 1992, after an intervention involving former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, former CBS Sports president Peter Lund and former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman.|
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