Monday, April 22, 2013

Pat Summerall

Last week legendary play-by-play announcer Pat Summerall died. Best known most recently for sitting alongside John Madden on CBS and Fox, he also played for the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants in the 1950s as a kicker. We have his 2010 book, “Giants: What I Learned About Life From Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry”.  As a broadcaster he worked more than ten Super Bowls including January 26, 1997, Super Bowl XXXI.  That memorable game was when the Green Bay Packers won and returned the Vince Lombardi Trophy to its namesake’s home after a 29-year wait, with a 35-21 win over the New England Patriots.  We have that game on DVD and Summerall’s Super Bowl broadcast of February 3, 2002.  That game ended with Summerall saying, “It’s right down the pipe, no time on the clock, and the Patriots have won Super Bowl XXXVI.  Unbelievable”.

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