Thousands gather for Summerall tribute

Associated Press • Apr 20, 2013 at 1:46 AM

PLANO, Texas — Veteran sportscaster Pat Summerall is being remembered as "the voice of the NFL" and a venerated figure who maintained a humble approach despite his fame.Thousands gathered Saturday at a suburban Dallas church to pay tribute to a broadcaster who called some of the most memorable games in NFL history, and also was known for his coverage of Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the Masters golf tournament and other sporting events.The former NFL kicker died Tuesday at age 82 of cardiac arrest at a Dallas hospital.Summerall called 16 Super Bowls and was the primary television play-by-play voice of the NFL.NFL analyst John Madden said Saturday that his broadcast partner's steady presence made Summerall the voice of the league.

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