TV NFL football announcer Pat Summerall has died at the age of 82. The iconic TV personality was considered by his longtime co-host, John Madden, to be “the voice of football”. Pat Summerall became so ill with liver problems that in 2004 he required a liver transplant. But, he actually died of cardiac arrest in a Texas hospital. But, in his earlier days, Summerall played football for 10 NFL seasons for the Chicago Cardinals team, between 1952 to 1961. After his retirement from the game, he soon found himself in demand as a guest to comment on games before eventually being elevated to full time announcer. For many years, he was paired with John Madden, and the two made one of the best sports play by play and announcing teams in sports history.
Sadly, as good as Summerall was as both a NFL player as well as an announcer, he had long battles with alcoholism which eventually forced him into the Betty Ford Clinic in 1992, and later his liver had failed as a result of his heavy drinking, forcing that 2004 life saving liver transplant.
Pat Summerall will be deeply missed. He was one of the most iconic figures ever in the field of sports announcing. You just can’t replace a legend like this.