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Memorial For Sports Broadcaster Pat Summerall

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PLANO (AP) — Thousands of mourners gathered in a North Texas church to pay tribute to veteran sportscaster Pat Summerall.

The public memorial is being held at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.

The NFL player-turned-announcer died Tuesday at age 82 of cardiac arrest at a Dallas hospital.

Summerall began working for CBS in 1961 and stayed there for 31 years before moving to Fox for the final eight years of his career.

Summerall spent much of his time honing a fantastic chemistry with the most famous football analyst in history, John Madden, and tributes have began pouring in on social media from those who associate Summerall with the big-time football games of their youth.

“When it comes to play by play, Pat Summerall is the gold standard” said Dallas Broadcaster Brad Sham on 105.3 The Fan.

The former NFL kicker called 16 Super Bowls as he became the primary television play-by-play voice of the NFL. He also was the leading voice of the Masters and the U.S. Open tennis tournament, as well.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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