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Pat Summerall Remembered as Player, Broadcaster, Entrepreneur

Tributes continue to come in following the death Tuesday of Pat Summerall, the former NFL football player turned broadcaster who spent 40 years in the booth. Summerall called games on CBS from 1962 to 1994 and on FOX from 1994 to 2002. In 1981, Summerall was paired with former coach John Madden. The team would last for 22 seasons on the two networks.

Summerall, 82, died of a heart attack at a Dallas hospital yesterday. He’d gone in for hip surgery. Some tributes on Twitter:

“He was a terrific broadcaster, a great guy, they didn’t come any better on TV,” Larry King.

“The late Pat Summerall was a great broadcaster who once happened to be a good football player. Early on, was a NYC radio morning host. RIP,” Keith Olbermann.

“Pat was not only good, he was easy to listen to. That’s a rarity in today’s show biz TV sports world,” Len Berman.

“For those of us who make a living in front of a microphone, Pat Summerall was one of the guys who defined the job,” Steve Inskeep, NPR

“RIP Pat Summerall. I will remember you as an entrepreneur first and foremost,” Mark Cuban

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Redskins-Cowboys Highest "SNF" Overnight Ever

Last night’s Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys earned a 16.6 overnight rating and a 26 share, the highest rating for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” since returning to the network in 2006.

The game surpassed the opening of Cowboys Stadium last year (16.5/27) and Philadelphia-New England in 2007 (15.6/24), when the Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season.

If you combine the ratings from last Thursday’s NFL Kickoff game, the two-game overnight average of 17.1/27 is the highest since the NFL started the Thursday/Sunday opening week format.

Ratings were also up 26 percent (13.6/23) over last year’s Sunday night season opener between Chicago and Green Bay.

Dating back to 1997, the only primetime NFL broadcast to have a higher overnight rating than Redskins-Cowboys was last Thursday’s Saints-Vikings game, which drew a 17.7/28.