SAG-AFTRA Dallas-Fort Worth Local is saddened by the loss of “the voice of football” and union member, Pat Summerall, who passed away at the age of 82 of cardiac arrest in Dallas. With his deep, resonant voice, Pat was a large figure on the Texas sports broadcasting scene. Through the course of his career, he delivered the details on 16 Super Bowls, the Masters and the U.S. Open tennis tournament among other events.
“Whenever Pat Summerall called a game everything felt elevated, and a game played by grown men became a clash between noble adversaries,” said Dallas-Fort Worth Local President Brent Anderson. “Through Pat Summerall we discovered the inherent drama in the sport - the determination and sheer physical will of the players as they battled one another in search of victory.”
Pat joined AFTRA in 1960 and SAG in 1976. He was an active member of the Chicago, New York and Dallas-Fort Worth Locals. Before that, Pat played 10 NFL seasons from 1952 to 1961 with the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants, but it was in his second career that he became a voice familiar to generations of sports fans, not only those of the NFL. He was part of the CBS broadcast of the inaugural Super Bowl in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 1967. A Southlake resident during his final years, our DFW community has lost a sportscasting legend who will be greatly missed.
Our condolences go out to the Summerall family.