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Pat Summerall talks about post-transplant madness

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 18th 2006 7:07PM
Pat Summerall and John MaddenFormer CBS and Fox football announcer (and New York Giants placekicker... just ask my dad how good he was) Pat Summerall has written a new autobiography, and he talked to Richard Sandomir of the New York Times about some of what happened to him just after his liver transplant surgery four years ago. It turns out that fatigue and medication made Summerall (right, with former broadcast partner John Madden) think that parts of his body were falling off. And, at one point, he shaved off part of his head with an electric razor in order to look like Bruce Willis. "Why I had to look like Bruce Willis, I don't know," he tells Sandomir. "I'm not a particular fan of his." He was also told by his family that he'd sing "God Bless America" and "Amazing Grace" at the top of his lungs, but he didn't remember doing that.

But Summerall, who is doing radio work for the Dallas Cowboys, feels great now, and wants to call games again. He felt he was "mailing it in" the last four years he was at Fox, a notion that I and most football fans tend to agree with. Good to see he's doing better. I'd love to hear a healthy Summerall in the booth.

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Jeepers what's with this "kill the old people"? Age has nuhtin to do with knowledge and enthusiasm for the game and ability to make interesting and entertaining comments. I think you rather mean that these are your unfavorite commentators and/or their approach is stale/ordinary IYHO..

August 19 2006 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He and Madden both just need to step aside and let other people take over the booth. They can't call games like they used to anymore, and they're both so old that no one even cares anymore. Yes, Summerall was a great kicker but he is just terrible and old now.

August 18 2006 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Summerall overstayed his welcome on TV by at least 10 years. Good riddance.

He should take Dan Dierdork with him.

August 18 2006 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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