Former Arkansas player, broadcasting legend Pat Summerall dead at 82

Former Arkansas player, broadcasting legend Pat Summerall dead at 82

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Pat Summerall and John Madden were the NFL’s most popular broadcasting duo for more than two decades.

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]at Summerall, a former Univeristy of Arkansas player who went on to an NFL and then 40+ year broadcasting career, has died at the age of 82.

Fox Sports spokesman Dan Bell confirmed Tuesday that Summerall had passed away. Further details were not yet available.

Summerall was part of 16 Super Bowl television broadcasts. His last Super Bowl was for Fox in 2002, in what was also his final game with longtime partner John Madden. The two worked together for 21 years, moving to Fox in 1994 after years as the lead team for CBS.

A native of Lake City, Fla., Summerall played at Arkansas from 1949-1951 as a defensive end, tight end and placekicker. He went on to a 10-year NFL career with the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants.

Summerall began his career in broadcasting NFL games at CBS in 1964. He also covered the PGA Tour and tennis.

UPDATE: Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long released a statement on the school’s behalf:

“We are all deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Pat Summerall. 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.”

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