Sports broadcasting legend Pat Summerall said he was
last on the TCU campus as a football player for the
University of Arkansas, when his team was defeated.
He said his visit to campus Wednesday night will leave
him with better memories.
Summerall, 73, discussed his years as a sports broadcaster,
his battle with alcohol and finding faith with about
40 people in Sid W. Richardson Building, Lecture Hall
2. The event was sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ.
Summerall said alcohol began to play a bigger role in
his life as his career grew, he said.
I thought it gave me a feeling that I enjoyed,
Summerall said. I thought I laughed more and I
thought I had a better time after I had a couple.
Summerall talked about his relationships with baseball
legend Mickey Mantle and longtime broadcasting partner
John Madden, saying he became very good at ducking.
Lance Linnartz, a staff member for the organization,
said Summeralls speech will be the first in a
monthly series. He said the event came together through
his colleague Randy Kennedy and Dallas Cowboys
Chaplain John Webber.
Randy and I worked together, and I just mentioned
that I had an idea of doing a monthly speaker series
at TCU, Linnartz said. So he said Hey
I just had breakfast with Pat Summerall recently, and
he has quite a story to tell.
Summerall lives minutes from Fort Worth said he was
happy for the opportunity to share the story of his
People seemed to enjoy the speech, he said.
I was trying to get the message across of the
peace that I have in my heart. Its without comparison
the best thing that has happened to me.
Taylor Melton, a sophomore entrepreneurial management
major, said he enjoyed the event.
I really didnt know what it was going to
be about, Melton said. I thought it was
mostly going to be about sports. It was a delight to
here about his experiences though, and how he came to
Summeralls broadcasting credentials include numerous
Super Bowls, the Masters and U.S. Open Tennis Championships.
He played professional football from 1952 to 1961 and
had a brief stint in minor league baseball. He said
his greatest sporting achievement was calling the 1984
U.S. Open, where he went 12 hours on-air without using
time sports broadcaster Pat Summerall recalls
his experiences with John Madden and his
life in broadcast journalism Wednesday night
in the Sid W. Richardson building.