If you have not heard the news yet, former NFL anchor Pat Summerall passed away this afternoon. He is best known for being John Madden’s broadcasting partner for 22 years. Aside from being a broadcaster, Summerall played 10 seasons in the NFL for three teams including the Detroit Lions, Phoenix Cardinals, and New York Giants. In addition, he is the only broadcaster in NFL history to call 16 Super Bowls.
Below is former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young’s exclusive interview courtesy of ESPN:
On what he remembers most about Pat Summerall:
Pat was the authority in the room…When Pat spoke you listen.
On the legacy he left behind:
He was the voice of football…Pat was football.
On Summerall off Camera:
He was friendly, but when John would run the meetings, he had a lot to say, he would wave his hands, and ask you all the tough questions and everything. But when Pat asked you a question, or Pat spoke, everybody kind of turned and was like “whoa.” How many great play by play guys have been great players as well? I can’t think of someone who has made that transition.
I will always remember Pat Summerall as the voice of football as well. The unique tone of his voice, will always be remembered and never duplicated. When Summerall called a football game, you knew it was a big game. Summerall passed away at the age of 82 (1930-2013).
RIP Pat, you will never be forgotten.