Pat Summerall, legendary New York Giants' kicker, dead at 82

Pat Summerall - Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Summerall was a legendary kicker for the Giants, and an even more gigantic figure as a broadcaster. He died Tuesday at 82.

Legendary New York Giants' placekicker and NFL broadcaster Pat Summerall has died at the age of 82.

Summerall kicked for the Giants from 1958-61, and made the famous 49-yard field goal against the Cleveland Browns during a blizzard that lifted the Giants to the playoffs.

In the foreword for the book 'New York Giants, The Complete Illustrated History,' by Lew Freedman, Summerall wrote this about the kick:

"I knew I had to hit it in the sweet spot to get it that far, especially in weather conditions like that. I knew as soon as I touched it that I had hit it where I wanted to hit it. ... I could see the goal post and I could see the ball on its flight. It behaved like a knuckleball, breaking back and forth. I just hoped that it would break through the uprights. It did."

Summerall worked a record 16 Super Bowls on network television, working for CBS from his retirement as a player in 1961 until 1993. He worked for FOX until retiring in 1992. He and John Madden are still considered the gold standard among NFL broadcast crews.

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