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Madden says final goodbye to Summerall

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Hall of Fame coach John Madden spoke at the memorial service for longtime broadcast partner Pat Summerall at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.

Summerall, a former NFL kicker who went into play-by-play announcing, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at a Dallas hospital at age 82.

Summerall and Madden called NFL games together for 22 years.

"He is the voice of the NFL," Madden said. "To me, he wasn't a braggart. To me, he was John Wayne."

Summerall played in the NFL for 10 years and broadcasted a television-record 16 Super Bowls.

"This is the third good-bye, the toughest," Madden said. "Goodbye, Pat. Rest in peace. I love you."

Madden and Summerall also said goodbye after their last game on CBS and their final game on Fox after Super Bowl XXXVI.
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