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Statement from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on passing of Pat Summerall

By Mike Skow, mskow@ktxs.com
Published On: Apr 16 2013 05:40:28 PM CDT
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IRVING, Texas -

Following the death of legendary NFL announcer Pat Summerall, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released this statement.

Pat was the NFL’s narrator for generations, with a voice that was powerful, eloquent and distinctive. 

His presence at an NFL game elevated that event to a higher level. He was royalty in the broadcast booth. He was respected and admired by players, coaches, commissioners and Presidents of our country—and always a gentleman—someone who had time for the fans in the parking lot after the game.

Humility and kindness were his closest companions. He was a trusted friend and confidant, and for all of his immense talents as a professional, he was an even better person.

For a man who could dramatically capture a moment with very few words, there simply aren’t enough words to adequately describe what he meant to sports and broadcasting in this country. 

There is no question that Pat broadcast more Dallas games on CBS and FOX than any other man, and this is a great loss for thousands of Cowboys fans who spent their Sunday afternoons in the living room with Pat.

Our hearts go out to Cheri and his family. Pat was an icon and an American original.

Information for this story provided by Dallas Cowboys staff.