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Pat Summerall to speak at ACU in Centennial Speaker Series

Oct. 26, 2005

The Centennial Speaker Series at Abilene Christian University will continue Tues., Nov. 8 at 11:45 a.m. with a luncheon in the Teague Special Events Center featuring Pat Summerall, the signature voice of sports broadcasting.

General admission tickets are $20, student tickets are $10, and student sponsorships are $10.  Table sponsorships are available for $500 and include lunch for 10, a reception with Summerall and an autographed photo.  To order tickets, visit www.acu.edu/alumni_rsvp or call 325-674-2622.

As a professional football player, Summerall was best known as the kicker for the legendary New York Giants championship teams of the late 50s and 60s.  After his retirement from the gridiron, he became the mainstay of the CBS Sports broadcasting team for 32 years.  In 1994, Pat and broadcast partner, John Madden, joined the Fox network.  For 21 years, they were the strongest sportscasting team in the history of the game.  Summerall has worked 16 Super Bowls on network television, the first five as a game analyst, and the rest as the play-by-play man.

Summerall has received prestigious awards for his contributions to professional football including the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, and the NFL Alumni's prestigious Order of the Leather Helmet.  In 2002, he received the coveted George Halas Award, which has only been awarded three other times.  Summerall also earned Sportscaster of the Year honors from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Quarterback Club, the Golden Mike Award from the Touchdown Club of America (1977) and the Association of Tennis Professional's JAKS Award as Tennis Broadcaster of the Year (1983).

He began his broadcasting career with CBS in 1960.  In addition to football, he was the network's signature voice for its golf coverage, including the Masters, the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, the NBA and five Heavyweight Championship Fights.  THe 1994 Masters was Summerall's final event for CBS.  He was sports director of WCBS Radio in New York City from 1960 to 1971, while serving as host of the station's four-hour six-days-a-week morning news program and worked for the CBS Radio Network.

Summerall is the founder of Summerall Sports Ltd. and cntributing Partner of Pat Summerall Productions.  He is host of cable television's Champions of Industry and Summerall Success Stories.  Pat and his wife Cheri reside in Southlake.

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