BROADCAST LEGEND REMEMBERED: Pat Summerall’s funeral will take place on Saturday; open to the public

Pat Summerall, the football player turned legendary play-by-play announcer - The Boys Are Back blog 2013

We have some news on Pat Summerall’s funeral to pass along. Summerall died Tuesday at the age of 82.

The funeral will take place Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas (a Dallas suburb). It will be open to the public.

We’ll pass along more information as it becomes available.

RELATED: Jerry Jones statement on Pat Summerall

Jan. 23, 1994 - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks with CBS commentator Pat Summerall - The Boys Are Back blog

Here is the statement from Jerry Jones issued Tuesday on the death of Pat Summerall:

“Pat was the NFL’s narrator for generations, with a voice that was powerful, eloquent and distinctive. 

“His presence at an NFL game elevated that event to a higher level. He was royalty in the broadcast booth. He was respected and admired by players, coaches, commissioners and Presidents of our country—and always a gentleman—someone who had time for the fans in the parking lot after the game.

“Humility and kindness were his closest companions. He was a trusted friend and confidant, and for all of his immense talents as a professional, he was an even better person.

“For a man who could dramatically capture a moment with very few words, there simply aren’t enough words to adequately describe what he meant to sports and broadcasting in this country. 

“There is no question that Pat broadcast more Dallas games on CBS and FOX than any other man, and this is a great loss for thousands of Cowboys fans who spent their Sunday afternoons in the living room with Pat.

“Our hearts go out to Cheri and his family. Pat was an icon and an American original.”

RELATED: Brad Sham remembers Pat Summerall

Brad Sham - The Voice of the Dallas Cowboys - The Boys Are Back blog

IRVING, Texas – The way Brad Sham sees it, Pat Summerall has few peers when it comes to the history of sports broadcasting.

“He’s at the top,” said Sham, the longtime voice of the Dallas Cowboys and one of Summerall’s friends. “Vince Scully is there. Red Barber. Some of this is now chocolate and vanilla, but whatever short list there is, he’s on it and he’s out front.”

Through the years Sham became friends with Summerall and was part of an old-timers media group that would meet for lunch every so often. Sham would have Summerall re-tell stories he had heard dozens of times, just to hear them again. The last time the group met came March 5.

“You have to separate it personally and professionally,” Sham said. “Professionally, he should have been the model for every television play-by-play person. He was living proof that less could be more. He knew exactly how to make the event the star of the show and still partly because of the voice God gave him but partly because he knew what to do with it, everybody knew it was a Summerall event and that made it a big deal. As the head coach of the Cowboys might say, that was his genius. He knew how to make the event the star of the show.

“Personally, he was such a nice man. He was so gentle … He could talk about what things were like when he played. He could talk about what things were like in television as he worked and saw things unfold. And he could talk about the arts, about pop culture. The fact that his Christian faith was so important to him in the last decade of his life, it kept him grounded and delighted.”

Summerall’s presence could be felt whenever he walked into a press box, according to Sham, not because of domineering personality, but because of the reverence people had for him.

“The era we live in is not an era of eloquent gentility,” Sham said. “The era we live in is an era of look-at-me noise. Media helps shape that and also reflects it so that fact that people don’t (emulate Summerall) and do what he did or try to doesn’t surprise me, but it’s a damn shame.

“We say a lot that someone was one of a kind. He was. And they stopped making them a long time ago.”

RELATED: Much more reaction to Pat Summerall’s death from athletes, analysts, writers, others

CBS Sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist: “Pat was a friend of nearly 40 years. He was a master of restraint in his commentary, an example for all of us. He was also one of the great storytellers who ever spoke into a microphone.”

“Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years. We never had one argument, and that was because of Pat. He was a great broadcaster and a great man. He always had a joke. Pat never complained and we never had an unhappy moment. He was something very special. Pat Summerall is the voice of football and always will be.” — John Madden

“Pat Summerall was one of the best friends and greatest contributors that the NFL has known. He spent 50 years as part of our league, first as a player on the legendary New York Giants teams of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s and then as a Hall of Fame broadcaster for CBS and FOX. His majestic voice was treasured by millions of NFL fans for more than four decades. Pat always represented the essence of class and friendship. It is a sad day in the NFL.” — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

“As the anchor of CBS golf telecasts for more than 20 years, he provided our fans with a comfortable balance between eloquent insight and letting the competition speak for itself. He was a true legend and will be greatly missed by all his friends at the PGA Tour.” — PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem

“He was an extraordinary man and a wonderful father. I know he will be greatly missed.” — Susie Wiles, Summerall’s daughter

“Pat will always be a great Giant. He was one of my father’s favorites, and his game-winning kick in the snow against the Browns in 1958 is one of the most memorable plays in our franchise’s history. And Pat was a true gentleman and the voice of the NFL for generations of fans.” — Giants president and CEO John Mara

“Pat Summerall was a hero to me. I treasured the gift of friendship that I had with him. I was his understudy for 10 years. He could not have been more generous or kind to a young broadcaster. He was a giant and one of the iconic figures in the history of the CBS Television Network.” — CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz

“Pat was an icon in his profession, and was the voice that defined the NFL on television for generations of fans. He and John Madden helped give FOX Sports and the NFL on FOX credibility when it launched almost 20 years ago, and for that we’ll be forever grateful. Pat’s 50-year record as an NFL player and broadcaster is truly unique, and it will be very difficult for anyone to ever walk in his footsteps.” — Fox Sports

“There is no one more closely associated with the great legacy and tradition of CBS Sports than Pat Summerall. His voice was synonymous with big events whether it was NFL football and the Super Bowl, the Masters or U.S. Open Tennis.” — Sean McManus, CBS Sports chairman

“Pat was a friend of nearly 40 years. He was a master of restraint in his commentary, an example for all of us. He was also one of the great storytellers who ever spoke into a microphone.” — CBS Sports’ Verne Lundquist

“Pat was a great friend of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. One of Pat’s last assignments on FOX was as a special contributor for the 2011 AT&T Cotton Bowl during our 75th anniversary celebration. His stature raised the profile of our game.” — Rick Baker, Cotton Bowl president

“Pat was a wonderful ambassador not only for the NFL, but for sports in general. He was a fixture in our living rooms. We were fortunate to have him as a player and also as the voice for some of our most memorable games. Even more importantly, he was a warm, gentle man.” — Steve Tisch, Giants chairman

“Pat Summerall was a great Floridian and friend. His daughter, Susie Wiles, was my campaign manager and she brought the same tenacity to the campaign that Pat brought to football and televised sports.” — Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

A number of writers, analysts and former and current athletes took to Twitter to pay their respects to Pat Summerall when word broke that the legendary announcer had died on Tuesday. Here’s a sampling of the reaction:

FOX NFL analyst Daryl Johnston — @DarylJohnston: We have lost one of the greatest voices in sport. When you heard Pat Summerall’s voice you knew it was a big event. You will be missed Pat.

ESPN Radio host Scott Van Pelt — @notthefakeSVP: Coming up……..on House of Buggin’.  Summerall even brought weight to promos. Thoughts with his many friends in TV & family  RIP, Pat

ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter — @AdamSchefter: One of the great voices of football history, Pat Summerall, has been silenced. RIP.

ABC News’ Josh Elliott — @JoshElliottABC: RIP Pat Summerall, one-half of the NFL’s greatest booth…and someone with whom I loved spending a fall Sunday. He was 82 years old.

Sporting News NFL writer Vinnie Iyer — @vinnieiyer: Pat Summerall also was excellent on The Masters and U.S. Open tennis brodcasts. Quite different from working with Boom, Pow, Whap of Madden.

NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen — @richeisen: Much will be said about Pat Summerall’s playing/broadcasting career but his finest work may have been on behalf of @StJude RIP

ESPN analyst, former Dallas Cowboy Darren Woodson — @darrenwoodson28: RIP Pat Summerall. A true #nfl legend on and off the field. You will be missed.

Sports Illustrated writer Don Banks — @DonBanks: Best thing about Pat Summerall behind the mike: He had no schtick. Didn’t need one. Had the goods. For decades. Not many have matched that.

Jay Glazer @JayGlazer — It’s an honor to have simply met Pat Summerall. But to work in the same shop as him is a dream come true. RIP to the NFL voice I grew up to

@marcelluswileyR.I.P. Pat Summerall….a true legend. You could listen to him, close your eyes and still visualize the game….that voice!!!!

@RAIDERSRIP Pat Summerall, play-by-play announcer for the Raiders Super Bowl XVIII victory and Coach Madden’s TV partner for 22 years in the booth.

@NFLONFOXRIP Pat Summerall, one of the most iconic voices in football history. You will always be a part of the FOX family.

@JerryRiceRIP Pat Summerall, he was the voice of football! Thoughts & prayers go out to his family

@RealSkipBaylessRIP Pat Summerall, for so long The Voice of the NFL. As humble as was great. Fought through so much. Touched so many. I will miss him.

@RichGannon12The NFL will miss a legend and great man with the passing of Pat Summerall who was the best in the business. He was always so nice to me!

@richeisenSaddened to hear the passing of the great Pat Summerall. RIP. Tom Brookshire just got his buddy and booth partner back.

@JasonLaCanforaThoughts and prayers with the Summerall family. What a distinguished voice, that will always live on, and what an ambassador for the NFL

Darrius Heyward-Bey — I will never forget listening to Pat Summerall on FOX as a kid. 1 half of the best Duo in the broadcast booth, he will be missed. #RIP

@AlbertBreerRIP Pat Summerall. Never saw him as a player, but my generation grew up with him on our TVs and our video games. True legend.

@TBBuccaneersThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers send their condolences to the family of broadcast icon Pat Summerall, a true NFL legend.

One response

  1. The greatest call VOICE no doubt. Understated too. Thats the key. Simple calls like ; “Aikman–Irving. Touchdown.”


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