Over a career that spanned four decades, Pat Summerall broadcasted some of the biggest football games in America alongside his partner John Madden.
His voice was heard on 16 Super Bowls, the Masters and the U.S. Open tennis tournament, the calm to Madden’s storm.
Summerall died Tuesday at age 82 of cardiac arrest, said University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center spokesman Jeff Carlton, speaking on behalf of Summerall’s wife, Cheri.
“He was an extraordinary man and a wonderful father,” said Susie Wiles, his daughter. “I know he will be greatly missed.”
“Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years,” Madden said in a statement Tuesday. “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.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also honored Summerall for being an “important part of NFL history.”
“Pat Summerall was one of the best friends and greatest contributors that the NFL has known,” Goodell said Tuesday in a statement. “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.”