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Summerall to broadcast last game with Madden at Super Bowl
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Updated Jan 22, 2002 5:24 PM ET
Pat Summerall announced Tuesday that the this year's Super Bowl broadcast, to air Feb. 3 on FOX, will be his last with his partner of 21 years, John Madden.
Summerall made the announcement on a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon. In his storied career, Summerall has been widely recognized as the premier broadcaster of NFL games. He was in the broadcast booth for the first Super Bowl. "Fifty years (in football) is a long time,'' Summerall said. "Actually, I started with CBS in 1960. Fifty years is a good, round number, and 21 years with the same partner is a good round number. "I just decided after those 50 that it was time to maybe look around and see what in life I have missed." Summerall said he wanted to announce his decision this week rather than having speculation about his future become a distraction in the days leading to the Super Bowl. "Well, the thought process was, I figured I'd get that question a lot,'' he said. "I made up my mind, and since my mind was made up I figured I'd make the announcement now. I talked at length with John (Madden) about it. I talked at length with Sandy Grossman, our director. I talked with Bob Stenner, the producer. I thought, 'Now let's get on with the game and let's get whatever extraneous things like this out of the way so we can carry on with the process of covering the game.' " Madden released a statement regarding the end of his partnership with Summerall. "My relationship with Pat has been more than just broadcasting partners," he said. "My respect for him goes beyond football. There are some things that can never be replaced."
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