Earlier this week, Pat Summerall, a legendary broadcaster who formed an infamous game-day duo with former NFL head coach John Madden, passed away at the age of 82. While Summerall is most famous for his work in the booth, he was also a professional placekicker in the 1950s.
The Detroit Lions selected Summerall in the fourth round of the 1952 NFL Draft, but he never attempted a kick during his stay in Michigan. The former Arkansas Razorback then landed a job with the Chicago Cardinals from 1953-57. Finally, Summerall settled in New York for the final four seasons of his career.
During his four-year stint with the New York Giants, Summerall made several clutch kicks. No. 88 converted 52.7 percent of his kicks with Big Blue, including 69 percent in 1959, a career-best for accuracy and relatively high mark for pre-soccer style kickers.
While Summerall, who was 6'4" and 228 pounds in his playing days, primarily handled kicking duties, he also lined up at both the offensive and defensive end during his career. He was coached by both Vince Lombardi (offensive coordinator 1954-58) and Tom Landry (defensive coordinator 1954-59) during his first season in New York, which prompted him to write Giants: What I Learned About Life From Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry in 2010.
This slideshow will highlight the late kicker’s most memorable performances with the Giants.