Summerall didn’t need any schtick

Posted: April 20, 2013 at 3:12 a.m.

In this Feb. 3, 2002 file photo, Fox broadcasters Pat Summerall, left, and John Madden stand in the FOX broadcast booth at the Louisiana Superdome before Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans. Madden, the burly former coach who has been one of pro football's most popular broadcast analysts for three decades, is calling it quits. Madden worked for the past three seasons on NBC's Sunday night NFL game. His last telecast was the Super Bowl between Arizona and Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Ric Feld, File)

If we’re lucky, young broadcast journalism students and professional athletes who are about to retire and are thinking about going into broadcasting will read this week’s national tributes to the late Pat Summerall and realize there is room to be remembered way beyond the endless array of smarmy, verbose ESPN wannabes polluting our airwaves from the networks down to the 50-watt coffee pots.

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