Broadcaster Pat Summerall dead at 82

Pat Summerall, left, with his friend and broadcast partner, John Madden, before the Super Bowl in 2002.

Sports broadcaster Pat Summerall died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at age 82. Over his four-decade career, which began after he played in the NFL for 10 years, Summerall broadcast football, including 16 Super Bowls, as well as golf’s PGA Tour, including the Masters, and the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Fellow NFL broadcaster John Madden said in a statement yesterday, “Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years. Pat Summerall is the voice of football and always will be.” Summerall’s final game with Madden was the Super Bowl in 2002, and he then remained a full-time broadcaster for one more season with Fox before deciding to step down. He did a handful of NFL games for Fox and ESPN the next few seasons, as well as some Cotton Bowl games.