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QUICK HIT: A Legend passes: Pat Summerall (1930-2013)
By Joe Quinn - @joequinnshow
In the realm of sports radio, I'm just a young buck (born 1984), so I won't claim to have followed the legendary Pat Summerall his entire career, or to even recall some of his greatest work with John Madden in the 1980's.
My first memory of Summerall wasn't even from a TV broadcast. It was from a video game.
I think it was Madden NFL '98 of '99, which I had for Nintendo 64. Summerall provided the play by play commentary for the game, with Madden providing the color. Back in those days, Terrell Davis was unstoppable!
Like so many in my generation, our first recollections of Summerall won't be of him calling Cowboys games, or the 1985 Bears on TV. It will be his limited commentary coming from a Nintendo console. Even then, I'll put him among the best I've ever heard.
Summerall called a record 16 Superbowls on TV - 11 on play-by-play, 4 on color, and 1 as a sideline reporter. Dick Enberg and Al Michaels are in second place on that list, with just 8 each.
With the changing landscape of the NFL and of TV networks, especially the monster TV deals, I doubt we'll ever see anyone come close to matching Summerall's record. Nor will we ever be graced with such an iconic broadcast team like we saw with Summerall and Madden.
You have to remember, through most of Summerall's prime, there were no Fox Sports regional channels, no regional cable networks, ESPN was in its infancy, and there certainly wasn't any ESPN 2, 3, or plus. There was just CBS, FOX, ABC, and NBC. That's it.
For a young guy like me, Summerall will go down as one of the greatest voices of my lifetime, without question. Right up there with the likes of Al Michaels and Mike Emrick, who still call games on TV today.
The sports world will miss you Pat Summerall. RIP.