Pat Summerall Passes Away: Former Giants’ plackicker Pat Summerall, who played with the team from 1958 to 1961, has passed away due to cardiac arrest at the age of 82. Summerall’s game-winning 49-yard kick against Cleveland in the wind and snow in December 1958 led to a playoff game against the Browns the following week. The Giants won that game too and went onto play the Baltimore Colts in the NFL Championship in “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”
“That’s one of the most famous games in football history and we would never have been in it if Pat hadn’t had that kick,” said former Giants great HB Frank Gifford. “It was snowing so bad, no one really knew how far it was. I remember (QB) Charlie (Conerly), who was his holder, said, ‘You son-of-a-gun, you can’t kick it that far.’ It had rained and then it snowed and it was a terrible, terrible day. Charlie was right – it was almost impossible. He came out on the field to kick it and we all said, ‘What the hell are we doing?’ But he made it.”
“Pat was a great teammate, he was fun at night and he never changed,” Gifford said. “He was a classy guy. The thing a lot of people don’t remember is that he was one hell of a football player.”
“Pat will always be a great Giant,” said Giants’ President/CEO John Mara. “He was one of my father’s favorites, and his game-winning kick in the snow against the Browns in 1958 is one of the most memorable plays in our franchise’s history. And Pat was a true gentleman and the voice of the NFL for generations of fans.”
“Pat was a wonderful ambassador not only for the NFL, but for sports in general,” said Giants’ Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch. “He was a fixture in our living rooms. We were fortunate to have him as a player and also as the voice for some of our most memorable games. Even more importantly, he was a warm, gentle man.”
On a history of the Giants’ video produced by NFL Films, Summerall said, “Once a Giant, always a Giant.”
“We’re running out of Giants,” Gifford said. “Pat lived a great life and shared a lot of wonderful things with a lot of wonderful people. On that great gridiron somewhere he’s probably celebrating himself. He was such a classy guy and he meant so much to so many of us.”
A video tribute to Pat Summerall is available at Giants.com.
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