B'caster to take advantage of opportunities, spend time with family

After 50 years with the National Football League as a player, coach and broadcaster, Pat Summerall will step down as John Madden’s broadcasting partner on Fox after Super Bowl XXXVI.

Summerall said Tuesday that he is not retiring and that he may explore other broadcasting opportunities. After the Super Bowl, however, he will no longer be working with Madden as the lead play-by-play broadcaster for Fox’s football coverage.

“I’m used to looking at career statistics and milestones, but I wasn’t really thinking about how to make the most of my own time,” said Summerall in a conference call Tuesday. “I want to take some time to think about what to do next and take advantage of other opportunities that also mean I can spend more time with my family and less time on the road.”

Summerall joined CBS as a broadcaster in 1960 and teamed with Madden 21 years ago.

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