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Voice of the Cowboys: Pat Summerall’s ‘Voice is in My Head’

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - From one legendary broadcaster to another, Pat Summerall “was a guy who was what you want your heroes to be,” the longtime ‘Voice of the Cowboys’ said Wednesday.

One day after Summerall passed away, Brad Sham – who’s been the play-by-play man in Dallas for nearly 30 years – joined 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny on Wednesday to share his fond memories of one of the best in the business.

“When you see someone in the public eye who is thought of as highly as Pat was, and then you find out that person is as good or better a human being as they were at their job, then that’s good news,” Sham said. “And that’s Pat Summerall.”

Summerall retired on top. He and John Madden – with whom he worked for 21 years – did their last broadcast together during the Super Bowl in 2002.

“He would let his analyst be the star,” Sham said lovingly. “He would let his game be the centerpiece, and when you were done, you just realized that you’ve been in good hands.”

Related: Legendary Broadcaster Pat Summerall, Dead at 82

After 10 seasons in the NFL as a player, Summerall jumped into the booth for CBS in 1964, covering 16 Super Bowls in total, as well as countless PGA Tour and tennis events.

“When I do a television game, Pat’s voice is in my head,” Sham said, the highest compliment a broadcaster can give another. “What Pat did on television was put a frame around it because he understood that the reason people turned on the TV was to see the game.

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