1. Welcome to CowboysZone!  Join us!  Come on!  You know you want to!

News: WFAA: Madden at Summerall memorial: 'Pat, I need you'...w/vid

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

    64,549 Messages
    3,399 Likes Received
    by DAVID WARREN
    Associated Press
    Posted on April 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM
    Updated today at 6:30 PM

    PLANO (AP) — Veteran sportscaster Pat Summerall was remembered Saturday during a memorial service as "the voice of the NFL" and a venerated figure who maintained a humble approach despite the praise his broadcast work received for decades.

    Thousands gathered Saturday at a Baptist church just north of Dallas to pay tribute to a broadcaster who called some of the most memorable games in NFL history, and also was known for his coverage of Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the Masters golf tournament and other sporting events.

    With his deep, resonant voice, Summerall called 16 Super Bowls and was the primary television play-by-play voice of the NFL.

    Former NFL analyst John Madden said Saturday that his broadcast partner's steady presence made Summerall the voice of the league. Madden, once a fiery NFL coach, was seen by many as the storm alongside Summerall's calm. The two teamed for 22 years covering games for CBS and then more briefly for Fox.

    "I got up this morning and I thought, `Pat, I need you,"' Madden told the mourners. "I couldn't get the tie straightened, a button buttoned. It was the same old thing."

    Read the rest: http://www.wfaa.com/sports/football/Summerall-remembered-as-voice-of-the-NFL-203935581.html

Share This Page