Even though Pat Summerall played only four of ten NFL seasons here in New York (1958-61), he will always be remembered as a Giant. He passed away yesterday at age 82 of cardiac arrest in his home town of Dallas.
Summerall will always be remembered for his key contributions to the great Giants teams of the late 50,s and early 60's.
From the Giants....
[sny-box]On Dec. 14, 1958, he kicked a 49-yard field goal with two minutes remaining through the wind and snow in Yankee Stadium to give the Giants a 13-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The victory enabled the Giants to host the Browns again the following week in an Eastern Conference Playoff Game. The Giants won that game to advance to the NFL Championship Game against the Baltimore Colts, to whom they lost in overtime, 23-17, in what has since been called The Greatest Game Ever Played.[/sny-box]
CEO John Mara had this to day about Summerall today:
"Pat will always be a great Giant. He was one of my father's favorites, and his game-winning kick in the snow against the Browns in 1958 is one of the most memorable plays in our franchise's history. And Pat was a true gentleman and the voice of the NFL for generations of fans."From Steve Tisch, Giants’ Chairman and Executive Vice President:
"Pat was a wonderful ambassador not only for the NFL, but for sports in general. He was a fixture in our living rooms. We were fortunate to have him as a player and also as the voice for some of our most memorable games. Even more importantly, he was a warm, gentle man."Former teammate and NFL Hall of Famer Frank Gifford:
“Pat was a great teammate, he was fun at night and he never changed. He was a classy guy. The thing a lot of people don’t remember is that he was one hell of a football player....We’re running out of Giants. Pat lived a great life and shared a lot of wonderful things with a lot of wonderful people. On that great gridiron somewhere he’s probably celebrating himself. He was such a classy guy and he meant so much to so many of us.”*Quotes courtesy Giants Communications Dept