News: ESPND: Brad Sham remembers Pat Summerall

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Need A Win...By any means necessary Staff Member

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    By Todd Archer |

    IRVING, Texas – The way Brad Sham sees it, Pat Summerall has few peers when it comes to the history of sports broadcasting.

    “He’s at the top,” said Sham, the longtime voice of the Dallas Cowboys and one of Summerall’s friends. “Vince Scully is there. Red Barber. Some of this is now chocolate and vanilla, but whatever short list there is, he’s on it and he’s out front.”

    “You have to separate it personally and professionally,” Sham said. “Professionally, he should have been the model for every television play-by-play person. He was living proof that less could be more. He knew exactly how to make the event the star of the show and still partly because of the voice God gave him but partly because he knew what to do with it, everybody knew it was a Summerall event and that made it a big deal. As the head coach of the Cowboys might say, that was his genius. He knew how to make the event the star of the show.

    "Personally, he was such a nice man. He was so gentle … He could talk about what things were like when he played. He could talk about what things were like in television as he worked and saw things unfold. And he could talk about the arts, about pop culture. The fact that his Christian faith was so important to him in the last decade of his life, it kept him grounded and delighted.”

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  2. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    RIP Pat. And Sham is so right, whatever short list of announcers there is, Pat was on it, and leading.
  3. BoysFan4ever

    BoysFan4ever Well-Known Member

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    What a nice interview. It sounds like he was beloved both professionally & personally. You can't ask for much more than that.
  4. Phrozen Phil

    Phrozen Phil Well-Known Member

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    Summerall was the easiest commentator to listen to in sports. He and Vinscully stand out for me in terms of their delivery, timing and knowledge of the game. Scully was absolutely the best golf and baseball guy, but Pat was the best in football and he hasn't been topped yet.

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