Lake City’s own Pat Summerall passed away April 16, 2013, at the age of 82. Born George Allen Summerall May 10, 1930, in Lake City, FL, he became famous as a football player and sports broadcaster. Summerall played college football with the Arkansas Razorbacks from 1949 to 1951 and then played with the NFL for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals, and New York Giants from 1952 to 1961.
After retiring from the football field, he became a commentator for the NFL coverage of CBS. He became a nationally-renowned television sportscaster for CBS, Fox, and ESPN. He announced 16 Superbowls for CBS and Fox, and an additional 10 Superbowls on radio. In addition to NFL coverage, he announced major golf and tennis events for CBS: 26 Masters and 21 US Opens.
His honors include being named National Sportscaster of the Year by National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in ’77 and being inducted into the Hall of Fame in ’94. Also in ’94, he received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award by Pro Football Hall of Fame. In ’99, he was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.