Arkansas says goodbye to Pat Summerall

April, 17, 2013
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Before Pat Summerall became a legendary NFL broadcaster, he was a Jack of all trades for Arkansas' football team.

Summerall, who died Tuesday at the age of 82 of cardiac arrest, played for the Razorbacks from 1949-1951. He arrived in Fayetteville on a basketball scholarship, but during his three seasons on the football team, Summerall played defensive end, tight end and kicker. His game-winning field goal against No. 4 Texas in 1951 still remains one of the most memorable plays in Razorback football history. The kick gave Arkansas a 16-14 win, its first against Texas in Fayetteville.

In 1951, Summerall was also named a captain of Arkansas' football team and was an All-American.

In 2012, Summerall became the 19th Arkansas player to receive the SEC Legends Award. He's also a member of the Arkansas All-Century Team (selected in 1994) as a kicker, and was named to the 1940s All-Decade team as a defensive end. Summerall is also a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

“We are all deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Pat Summerall,” Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement. “As one of the most recognizable graduates of the University of Arkansas, Pat was an ambassador for the Razorback program, our university and the entire state throughout his distinguished career.

“After an extraordinary collegiate and professional football career, he went on to become one of the country's legendary sports broadcasters for more than four decades, lending his signature voice to some of the most memorable moments in sports history. He was a proud Razorback and he will be greatly missed by his Razorback Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Cheri and the entire Summerall Family.”

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