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Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby Class of '78 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:53 pm

For me, maybe the best play-by-play guy ever. Summerall never sought to dominate a broadcast, but rather always seemed to know where and when to intone the friendly barritone voice, and formed a famous duo with his CBS sidekick, John Madden.

Did Super Bowls, golf (including Nicklaus' dramatic '86 Masters title), tennis, all of it. Hell, he was even a very good kicker for he Giants way back when. Staged a valiant comeback from alcoholsim late in life.

Native of Lake City, Florida.

RIP.

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Postby Slevin » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:10 pm

One of the all time best voices in sports. RIP Pat.
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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby divits888 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:15 pm

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Postby gatorJ » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:46 pm

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Postby Alvin York » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:00 pm

I found this article on a Google search..........

He obviously loved the Masters. One broadcast I remember and made a great impression on me. Early to mid eighties--the final group is making its way up 18 on Sunday and Venturi is forced to talk more than usual. Summerall is crying.

Venturi is trying to engage him. Summerall whispers 'I cry every time'. The beauty of the venue, the competitors, the roar of the crowd. He had lived it as an NFL player, football broadcaster, and golf announcer. He knew less was more---that the hard won skill and grace of the great athlete whatever the sport (tennis too) could be so beautiful
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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby Class of '78 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:19 pm

Alvin York wrote:I found this article on a Google search..........

He obviously loved the Masters. One broadcast I remember and made a great impression on me. Early to mid eighties--the final group is making its way up 18 on Sunday and Venturi is forced to talk more than usual. Summerall is crying.

Venturi is trying to engage him. Summerall whispers 'I cry every time'. The beauty of the venue, the competitors, the roar of the crowd. He had lived it as an NFL player, football broadcaster, and golf announcer. He knew less was more---that the hard won skill and grace of the great athlete whatever the sport (tennis too) could be so beautiful


Alvin, you bought me some major grace points with that post. Thanks.
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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby rogdochar » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:09 am

Summerall, as announcer, was like seeing your favorite uncle on TV
telling you "just so" what was important and only what was important.
Then he quit talking. Fine athlete, multiple sports all-state in H.S.

I read a new euphemism on the net: Pat Summerall had to have a
liver transplant from a life of "hard living".

His life gave us a "down the center" field goal. So many will miss him. RIP.
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Postby TommyGator » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:28 am

One of the all time greats. One of the best voices ever and true knowledge of the games and the athletes behind them.
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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby JaxGatorKnot » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:03 am

His real name was George. The name Pat was from when he was a kicker in the N.F.L & the box score would say"P.A.T. Sommerall"
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Postby gatorpe » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:25 am

I always heard he was a great guy but drank a little too much.
He and Lindsey Nelson are iconic to me when it came to hearing a game of football announced.
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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby gatorJ » Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:36 am

JaxGatorKnot wrote:His real name was George. The name Pat was from when he was a kicker in the N.F.L & the box score would say"P.A.T. Sommerall"



That's pretty cool. I read that his last game announcing with Madden was 1993. I can't believe that it's been that long!
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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby TnGatorman » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:29 am

Summerall was great and the world of sports will miss him. Ironic that another "George" passed yesterday at 104 years of age. A man whose voice will be missed - George Beverly Shea. Two great men in their chosen professions.
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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby willgetin » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:43 am

Some of my favorite memories of football include Summerall and Madden. What a great duo they were. No one compares. I hope they give Madden enough time to travel by train to the funeral...

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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby EuroGator » Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:43 am

Work 'em silly Gators!
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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby oxrageous » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:25 pm

His voice was fantastic. Perfect for football especially.
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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby Cold Blooded Reptile » Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:09 pm

Tid bits from Wikipedia:

At Columbia High School in Lake City, Florida, Summerall played football, tennis, baseball, and basketball.[2][3][dead link] Although basketball was his favorite sport, he was recognized as an All-State selection in basketball and football.[4] He was inducted into the FHSAA hall of fame and was later named to the FHSAA's All-Century Team.

Summerall played college football from 1949 to 1951 at the University of Arkansas, where he played defensive end, tight end, and placekicker positions for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He graduated from Arkansas in 1953.

The urban legend was his nickname became "Pat" because of the abbreviation for "point after touchdown" that a field-goal kicker was credited for in a game summary. But in a 1997 Dallas Morning News story, Summerall said after his parents divorced, he was taken in by an aunt and uncle who had a son named Mike.

"My aunt and uncle just started calling me Pat to go with their Mike," said Summerall, referring to frequently named characters in Irish jokes told during that time.
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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby Dugaboy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:00 pm

Pat use to say, he emulated Ray Scott who broadcasted the Green Bay Packer games in the late 50's and early 60's for CBS TV.

Ray Scott was a master voice for football broadcasts on radio and TV. Our beloved Otis Boggs idolized Ray Scott and Red Barber.
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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby Class of '78 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:29 pm

So many great NFL play-by-play names being resurrected in this thread that I'm going to list my 5 favorites alltime.

1) Curt Gowdy
2) Summerall
3) Charlie Jones
4) Ray Scott
5) Lindsey Nelson
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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby Snood Gator » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:26 pm

He narrated Gator promo films in the late '70s or early '80s too.
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Re: Pat Summerall dead at 82

Postby oxrageous » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:34 pm

Snood Gator wrote:He narrated porno films in the late '70s or early '80s too.

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