He was the voice of football. His understated style was poetic. One of the NFL's distinctive voices passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82. Following a 10-year NFL career, Summeral spent the next 40-plus years behind the mic.
Running home from church on Sunday's to watch This Week in Pro Football with Pat Summeral and Tom Brookshier was must see tv for me. Summeral and Brookshier would voice highlights from the week prior in the NFL and preview the upcoming games. From that point Summeral became one of personal favorites.
Although best remembered for his football work, he was also the voice of The Masters and the U.S. tennis tournament for several years.
His broadcasting style could be labeled as a minimalist. Less was better. He was not a yeller or screamer, which allowed his parter of 20 years John Madden to shine and become the star. The two are the greatest broadcasting team of all time.
Summerall worked 16 Super Bowls, a well-deserved record. Games always felt bigger when Madden and Summerall were calling them.
In the end Summerall set the standard for play-by-play announcers regardless of sport.