Summerall will broadcast 2 more seasons

Super Bowl in 2002 to be his 16th - and last

Pro Football

July 24, 2000|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

Pat Summerall, the dean of NFL television announcers, is expected to announce today that he will retire after the 2001-2002 season.

Dan Bell, a Fox Sports spokesman, declined to comment last night, but broadcast sources said Summerall, 70, will step down after calling next season's Super Bowl, his 16th such assignment over a television career that has spanned four decades.

Summerall, who was a kicker for the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants - scoring five points in the 23-17 loss to the Colts in the 1958 title game - has long been one of the top play-by-play voices in sports broadcasting.

His career includes calling the Masters and the U.S. Open tennis tournament for CBS, where he was associated for 32 years before the network lost the NFL contract in 1994.

Since then, he has been Fox's lead football voice, continuing his partnership with analyst John Madden. The two have worked together since 1981, and are believed to be the longest-running pairing in football broadcasting history, having called seven Super Bowls.

Summerall, who has also done 10 Super Bowl radio broadcasts, received a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences in 1994, the same year he received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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