Pat Summerall played football for the Arkansas Razorbacks and then in the National Football League from 1952 through 1961. He announced 16 Super Bowls on network television and 26 Masters Tournaments, and 21 US Opens. He was named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1977.
About Pat Summerall in brief
Pat Summerall was an American football player and television sportscaster. Summerall played football for the Arkansas Razorbacks and then in the National Football League from 1952 through 1961. In total, he announced 16 Super Bowls on network television and 26 Masters Tournaments, and 21 US Opens. He was named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1977, and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1994. His best professional year statistically was 1959, when Summerall scored 90 points on 30-for-30 extra-point kicking and 20- for-29 field goal kicking. His last professional game was the December 31, 1961 NFL Championship Game held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where the Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants, 37–0, holding Summerall’s New York to just six first downs. The urban legend of the game became his nickname of the urban legend, Pat Summerall, because of the leading photograph showing the football heading between the uprights through the snow. He died in Texas in 2002, but continued to announce games on occasion, especially those near his Texas home. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and his son, George Allen, who was a college football coach at the University of Arkansas from 1949 to 1951.
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