Former Razorback, NFL player, broadcaster Pat Summerall dies

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    Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Pat Summerall, who enjoyed a 10-year NFL career as a kicker and then had a broadcasting career which lasted more than four decades, has passed away at the age of 82.

    The Dallas Morning News reported the news on Tuesday afternoon.

    A native of Florida and a product of the University of Arkansas, Summerall was a fourth-round pick of the Lions in 1952, but spent only one season there before moving onto the Chicago Cardinals from 1953-57 and then attaining his greatest success with the New York Giants.

    In his final four NFL seasons with the Giants (1958-61), Summerall helped the football club to three first-place finishes and an NFL championship game appearance thanks to converting 136-of-138 points after touchdowns -- which prompted his teammates to give the man whose given name was George the nickname, Pat, that lasted for the rest of his life.

    As a broadcaster, Summerall called numerous golf events for CBS -- including The Masters -- but his best and most lasting work occurred in football. He was behind the microphone for a record 16 Super Bowls on network television, the first five as an analyst. He worked for CBS from 1961 to 1993, moved with the NFL to Fox in 1994, then retired after the 2002 season, but not before working eight Super Bowls alongside partner and former Raiders head coach John Madden.

    Following that initial retirement, Summerall worked occasional NFL games in 2004, 2006 and '07, while also calling four Cotton Bowls from 2007-10.

    For his efforts, Summerall was named national sportscaster of the year in 1977 and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1994 -- the same year the Pro Football Hall of Fame granted him the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for exceptional broadcasting contributions to the game.

    Summerall was a long-time resident of the Dallas area.

    Statement from University of Arkansas
    "We are all deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Pat Summerall," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "As one of the most recognizable graduates of the University of Arkansas, Pat was an ambassador for the Razorback program, our university and the entire state throughout his distinguished career.
    "After an extraordinary collegiate and professional football career, he went on to become one of the country's legendary sports broadcasters for more than four decades lending his signature voice to some of the most memorable moments in sports history. He was a proud Razorback and he will be greatly missed by his Razorback Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Cheri and the entire Summerall Family."

    Summerall began his illustrious career at the University of Arkansas as a defensive end, tight end and placekicker. A captain in 1951, Summerall played for the Razorbacks from 1949-51 before starting his professional career in the NFL. His kick against No. 4 Texas is one of the most memorable plays in Razorback football history. The kick gave Arkansas a 16-14 win over the No. 4 Longhorns and gave the Hogs their first win over Texas in Fayetteville.

    After he graduated from the University of Arkansas, Summerall was selected in the fourth round of the 1952 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He played for three different teams (Detroit, Chicago Cardinals, New York Giants) during his 10 year tenure in the NFL. In 1959, he went 30-for-30 on extra points and made 20 of 29 field goals for a total of 90 points.

    In 2012, he became the 19th Razorback to be honored in the Southeastern Conference Legends Program. Summerall is a member of the Arkansas All-Century Team (selected in 1994) as a kicker and was named to the 1940s All-Decade team as an end. He is also a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.


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