Item description for Summerall: On and Off the Air by Pat Summerall...
Overview For more than three decades, countless millions of sports fans have welcomed him into their living rooms. Now, broadcasting legend Pat Summerall is granting you more intimate access into his extraordinary life.
This is the voice of Pat Summerall as you've never heard it before. Personal. Revealing. And willing to share with you equally his career victories and private defeats.
Here, Summerall calls the plays of his own life story. It is a story of sports, celebrity, and alcoholism. But, ultimately, the story that Pat Summerall shares from his life is one of spiritual healing and redemptive faith.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0785214925 ISBN13 9780785214922
Availability 0 units.
More About Pat Summerall
Pat Summerall, considered by most critics and fans alike to be the premier play-by-play man for network coverage of the NFL, has been broadcasting since 1962. His partnership with John Madden began in 1981 and became one of the most well known ever. He has also anchored coverage at Wimbledon, the Masters, and other leading sporting events. Prior to that, Summerall was a star kicker and tight end for the New York Giants teams of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
New York Times bestselling author Michael Levin has also written with Dave Winfield, NFL star Chad Hennings, NBA star Doug Christie, Fox Sports's Chris Myers, and many other celebrities and broadcasters.
Pat Summerall currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Summerall: On and Off the Air?
Personal and Revealing Nov 10, 2006
A wonderful account of the 40's, 50's, and 60's and beyond. If you followed college and pro football in those years, this is nostalgia with a capital N. Pat's successes and problems are laid out in a humble way, and his faith statement will be hard to match anywhere in professional sports. This book reads like a (lengthy) newspaper account of the great game (wherever and whenever it was played).
Ultimately depressing Oct 31, 2006
Pat Summerall was best known as a football and golf announcer on TV. It would be great to read more about those happier days. Instead, the book ends with a very fragmented account of his alcoholism. It will scare you off drinking. Pat survived by quitting drinking and getting a liver transplant. He is still alive, but no longer interesting, and his appearance is cadaverous.
Unlike John Madden's books Aug 30, 2006
Pat Summerall, a terrific longtime sports broadcaster, writes in a straightforward, easy to read style. It's impossible not to "hear" his enjoyable Southern speaking voice as he tells about his college football days at Arkansas, his NFL and broadcasting careers and his terrible fight with alcohol abuse . His former CBS and Fox broadcast booth partner, John Madden, wrote several funny and opinionated books in the 1980s. On and Off the Air is unlike those in content and style. Summerall reveals much more about himself personally than did Madden and discusses the nuts and bolts of how television covers professional football. Like when the two called games together, John Madden is the frenetic, bombastic commentator while Pat Summerall comes across as the smooth, down to earth pro. An excellent book, I wish it were a bit longer.
A good read Aug 27, 2006
I enjoyed ths uplifting story of Pat Summerall's life and successes. There are quite a few good anecdotes about his years in football and broadcasting.