Summerall calls it quits

Football announcer amassed 16 Super Bowl gigs

Pat Summerall has retired after 42 years as an announcer for network broadcasts of National Football League games.

Last season, the Fox Network removed Summerall from its lead play-by-play team, but he still did 17 games, including 10 featuring the Dallas Cowboys.

Summerall, who turns 73 Saturday, amassed 16 Super Bowl assignments, more than any other announcer in NFL history. He and John Madden teamed to call NFL games for 21 years, the first 13 at CBS and the rest at Fox, through the 2002 Super Bowl.

After a nine-year career as a tight end and place-kicker with the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants, Summerall joined CBS as an NFL commentator in 1961. He and Tom Brookshier were a team for six years, but Summerall vaulted to the top rank of announcers when he and Madden got together in the booth in 1981.

Summerall told the Dallas News, which broke the story of his retirement, that he’ll serve as a spokesman for the Football Network, a 24-hour cable channel that plans to launch in the fall. He’ll also work on a number of projects for NFL Films and is talking with the Dallas Cowboys about doing a weekly show with Cowboys coach Bill Parcells.

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