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11:55 AM ET 04.21 | John Madden's emotional tribute runs long. There is so much to say about Pat Summerall. How can anyone expect Madden to pack 82 years of his dear friend's life into a few, concise moments? The irony is not lost on the more talkative member of this iconic broadcast team. "I know Pat is up there saying, 'John, brevity, brevity, brevity,'" Madden says from the sanctuary of Prestonwood Baptist Church. He pauses and glances skyward. "One more time, Pat, I'm going to talk over you." When Madden began his remembrance at Saturday's service, he joked that he needed Summerall to straighten his tie and button his top button. He called the broadcaster a "card-carrying great guy" who treated runners and interns with the same amount of respect and dignity as studio heads and sponsors. Madden calls Summerall "the toughest, quietest guy I've ever known," a cross between John Wayne and Walter Cronkite. Madden's voice cracked several times, and he began to cry when he told his friend he loved him. "There were voices before Pat Summerall, and there will be voices after," Madden said. "But he is the voice of the NFL."

Dallas Morning News

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April 21, 2013  12:04 PM ET

They were the best duo for football games ever.

April 21, 2013  12:26 PM ET

Indeed. Gtreat tribute to a great announcer

April 21, 2013  12:33 PM ET

The death of a titan.

April 21, 2013  12:54 PM ET

Bloody loss that is. RIP

April 21, 2013  01:00 PM ET

Madden and Summerall were great in their early days, but I think Summerall and Tommy Brookshier were better. Summerall was a pro, unlike so many of the dimwits announcing games today.

April 21, 2013  01:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Madden and Summerall were great in their early days, but I think Summerall and Tommy Brookshier were better. Summerall was a pro, unlike so many of the dimwits announcing games today.

I loved Pat and Tom. When a game was good, they were both on top of it. When it was bad, you would be entertained. I don't recall them ever having an off week.

And as hungover as they were for some of those games, that's quite an accomplishment.

April 21, 2013  02:03 PM ET

Pat took a great product and quietly made it better.

April 21, 2013  02:11 PM ET

I remember when Summerall and Madden were first teamed together. Madden's over the top exuberance paired with Pat's more laid back play by play. It was great.

A great tribute to Pat. The NFL was a lot of fun and he was a big part of that.

April 21, 2013  02:37 PM ET

The best in my lifetime...

April 21, 2013  02:49 PM ET

He was superb. He knew football, had a great voice and was a real gentleman.

April 21, 2013  03:35 PM ET

I grew up listening to Jack Buck and Hank Stram and they were the best ever IMO, but Summerall was fantastic. Football fans everywhere lost out when he retired.

April 21, 2013  03:39 PM ET

RIP Pat, Nobody did it better!!!

April 21, 2013  03:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I grew up listening to Jack Buck and Hank Stram and they were the best ever IMO, but Summerall was fantastic. Football fans everywhere lost out when he retired.

I worked on Monday nights and Buck/Stram were my connection to MNF for years on radio.

Absolute greatness.

 
April 21, 2013  08:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They were the best duo for football games ever.

yup

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