Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Cowboys react to Pat Summerall's passing
By Calvin Watkins
We'll update this throughout the day, but here is reaction from the Cowboys on the passing of Pat Summerall:
Jerry Jones: "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."
Drew Pearson: "To me, Pat Summerall is an original No. 88. When he played for the Giants, he was No. 88. Every time I greeted him, I told him that. He was class, grace and eloquence. I grew up in (South River) Jersey and I saw him play, probably the best play-by-play man ever. He did more with less than anybody that was a broadcaster."
Rich Dalrymple: "The thing that was really special about Pat was his humility and his common touch. He knew everybody on a personal level. Whether it be the commissioner, the quarterback or the President of the United States, he knew them all. But his interest in knowing the third string tight end or the guys in the equipment room was every bit as genuine and sincere. He was a giant in his profession, but he was a warm and caring gentleman -- always. He was especially important to generations of Cowboys fans because he did more Dallas games than any network television broadcaster who ever lived. Weeks in the fall were never complete until Pat closed the Sunday afternoon game broadcast and sent us all to "60 Minutes" and "Murder She Wrote."
Troy Aikman on twitter: "Pat Summerall was a great friend & great man...his impact on the game of football is immeasurable as is the many lives he touched. RIP Pat!"
Darren Woodson on twitter: "RIP Pat Summerall. A true #nfl legend on and off the field. You will be missed."