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Roger Goodell, John Madden weigh in on death of Pat Summerall

04.16.13 at 7:20 pm ET
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While Pat Summerall didn’t play for the Patriots, he was at the microphone for one of the biggest moments in the history of the franchise, working Super Bowl XXXVI for Fox.

Summerall worked for CBS Sports from 1962 to 1994. He called 13 Super Bowls, 26 Masters and 21 U.S. Open Tennis Championships for CBS. In addition, he spent nine-plus years as a kicker in the NFL, primarily for the then-Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants from 1952 to 1961.

In the wake of his passing Tuesday, several members of the NFL, as well as the broadcasting community, commented on Summerall’s impact as a broadcaster and player.

Commissioner Roger Goodell: “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. Our hearts go out to Pat’s wife Cheri and the entire Summerall family. Pat will always be an important part of NFL history.”

Broadcaster John Madden: “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.”

Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS 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.”

CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz: “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.”

Lance Barrow, Coordinating Producer, CBS Sports, Golf and NFL: “In 1976 I was a junior in college and Chuck Will put me in the 18th tower as a spotter for Pat Summerall. He told me, ‘You’re not going to meet a finer man in this business than Pat Summerall.’ And to this day, I never have. He was kind to everyone. When you were around him you never knew that he was the number one broadcaster. He taught me so much, not only about this business, but how to treat people. I’m sad on this day, but also smiling because I know he will be with his good buddy Tom Brookshier.”

CBS Sports’ 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.”

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