FAYETTEVILLE - Former Razorback and pro football great Pat Summerall will represent the University of Arkansas in the 2012 Southeastern Conference's Football Legends class it was announced on Friday.
Summerall will join legends from the 13 other league institutions at this year's SEC "Weekend of Champions" which culminates with the SEC Football Championship Game on Sat., Dec. 1 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.
"We are looking forward to celebrating the contributions of Pat Summerall at this year's SEC Legends festivities," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "Pat not only enjoyed an extraordinary collegiate and professional football playing career, he went on to become one of the country's signature sports broadcasters for more than four decades. He is a proud Razorback and we are honored to have him representing our program."
Summerall was a defensive end, tight end and placekicker for the Razorbacks from 1949-51 before going on to a successful NFL playing and broadcasting career. A team captain for the Razorbacks in 1951, his field goal provided the winning margin in Arkansas' 16-14 upset win over No. 4 Texas, marking the first time the Razorbacks had defeated the Longhorns in Fayetteville.
"I am so honored to represent the University of Arkansas as a recipient of the SEC Legend Award," Summerall said.
Summerall is a member of the All-Century Team (selected in 1994) as a kicker and was named to the 1940s All-Decade team as an end. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1952 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He played one year for Detroit (1952), five years for the Chicago Cardinals (1953-57) and four with the New York Giants (1958-61). In 1959, he scored 90 points on 30 of 30 extra points and 20 of 29 field goals.
After his 10-year playing career, Summerall became a play-by-play announcer for CBS and Fox (40 years). He teamed up with John Madden for 22 years to form the most recognizable broadcast team in history. In his distinguished broadcasting career, he has called 26 Super Bowls as well as the Masters in golf and the United States Open in tennis.
The class will be honored at the 2012 SEC Football "Weekend of Champions" Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Atlanta, Ga. The annual SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T will be held Nov. 30 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta and the group will also be recognized prior to the SEC Football Championship Game, which will be held at the Georgia Dome on Sat., Dec. 1.
Summerall is the 19th Razorback honored in the SEC Legends program which was launched in 1994 when the SEC Championship Game was moved to Atlanta. Former Arkansas honorees include Lance Alworth, Frank Broyles, Loyd Phillips, Ken Hatfield, Steve Atwater and Leotis Harris.