The tributes to Pat Summerall since his passing yesterday afternoon have been pouring out of every corner of the sports world. It's a tribute to his career that his voice and the way he presented a game had an impact on so many. While words of praise have come from bloggers, sportswriters, analysts, and fans, those who followed Summerall into the broadcast have also paid their respects. Al MIchaels appeared on Dan Patrick's show this morning to talk about Summerall's career and Joe Buck tweeted this message about the lead announcer he followed at Fox:
Nobody had the ability to say more with fewer words than Pat Summerall.That's what made him great to me.Total respect for the viewer#thebest— Joe Buck (@Buck) April 17, 2013
NFL Films also put together a short yet stirring tribute to Summerall's career as an announcer and a player. From his most memorable moment as a placekicker for the Giants to his two memorable partnerships with Tom Brookshier and John Madden, the NFL Films vignette covers Summerall's 50 year career in football. Hopefully NFL Network will dedicate a longer show to Summerall as their "A Football Life" series would be a fitting way to remember his legacy.
I remember watching Pat Summerall and John Madden on the NFL on FOX growing up and Pat Summerall's legacy will live on, especially for those of us who own the Madden NFL Football game from the 1990's through the early 2000's too!!!
I was shocked to hear that Pat Summerall passed away. He was the NFL on Sundays iwth Tom Brookshier and later John Madden. His voice was a soothing voice and when you listened to him you knew you were watching an event. With Pat, it was about whatever he was announcing, not Pat.
That old guard is slipping away. Jack Whitaker, Curt Gowdy, Ray Scott, Jack Buck and now Pat Summerall. RIP Pat. Sundays havent been the same without you. You will be missed and one more thing...thank you.