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Legendary NFL Play by Plan Man Pat Summerall Dead at Age 82

By Alan Schechter

Feb 1, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pat Summerall gives interviews on Radio row prior to Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It’s never a good feeling to say goodbye to a legend. It’s worse when that legend is as beloved as the one pictured to the right.

But that is our unfortunate fate today, ladies and gentlemen. Multiple reports have surfaced this afternoon that broadcaster Pat Summerall has passed away at age 82.

Most of Pat’s career in the booth was spending carving out a legendary run with John Madden, which took them from 1981 at CBS through 2002 at FOX. He did, however, have an extensive career as a broadcaster, first working with Tom Brookshire, prior to his Madden days, and also was used to narrate highlight films for NFL Films as well.

He also spent 10 years as a placekicker in the league, including local time spent with the New York Giants.

Summerall will be best remembered for his minimalist, succinct style, that allowed him to choose just a few words to describe a play, and make you feel it as if you were on the field. His voice was the voice of a generation, and it is a sad day, knowing he is gone.

Rest in peace sir.