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A sports legend has sadly left the game.

Pat Summerall, who called NFL games for years with John Madden on CBS, has died at age 82, according to Dallas News.

He had been recovering from surgery for a broken hip.

Pat was the play-by-play commentator for 16 Super Bowls, which is a record that still stands to this day. 

He was the commentator for the 1982 Super Bowl between the 49ers and Bengals, which is the highest-rated TV program of all time. 

Pat started his career as an NFL commentator in 1962 and retired in 2002. 

He was a pro football player as well, having spent ten seasons as a placekicker in the NFL after getting drafted into the league in 1952.

Pat had struggled with alcoholism earlier in his career, and he received a liver transplant in 2004.

“I was so lucky I got to work with Pat,” John Madden says. “He was so easy to work with. He knew how to use words."

“Pat has been a tremendous friend and mentor for me for the past 12 years,” says former quarterback and current sportscaster Troy Aikman. “Pat was my friend and he will be missed." 

Our thoughts are with Pat's family and loved ones. 

Source: Dallas News