(DALLAS) — Former Fox and CBS NFL announcer Pat Summerall passed away on Tuesday after suffering cardiac arrest, according to his wife Cheri. He was 82 years old.
Summerall played in the NFL from 1952 through 1961, suiting up for the Detroit Lions, the Chicago Cardinals and the New York Giants. As a placekicker, he converted 100 of 212 field goals in 109 career games.
Following retirement, he joined CBS in the mid-1960s, taking part in NFL, NBA, PGA Tour and tennis broadcasts. In 1981, he was paired with former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden, forming one of the most popular tandems in sports broadcasting history.
The duo joined Fox in 1994 after CBS lost the rights to broadcast NFL games. They continued calling games together until Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002.
During his broadcast career, Summerall called more Super Bowls on TV, 16, than any other broadcaster. He was also known for lending his voice to the Masters golf tournament and tennis’ U.S. Open.
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