Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect/Getty Images
A sports legend has been silenced.
Pat Summerall, a football player turned famed NFL broadcaster who provided the understated yin to John Madden's boisterous yang for years, died Tuesday in Texas after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 82.
The former New York Giant called 16 Super Bowls, his last in 2002 alongside Madden, and was also known for his work covering tennis' U.S. Open and the Masters Tournament in golf.
And, judging by the outpouring of reactions to his passing, he was beloved by those who worked with him, watched him and listened to him.
"Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years," Madden said in a statement obtained by the NFL Network. "We never had one argument, and that was because of Pat. He was a great broadcaster and a great man. He always had a joke. Pat never complained and we never had an unhappy moment. He was something very special. Pat Summerall is the voice of football and always will be."
Al Michaels told USA Today's Big Lead Sports: "Pat Summerall was just a classy, classy man. He had a very soothing style. Pat was what I would call a very comfortable listen. You could sit back and enjoy the game, and by design, he was more of a minimalist in how he approached things."
Celebs, sports figures and Summerall's fellow broadcasters also took to Twitter to pay their respects:
Lil Wayne: "RIP Pat Summerall. Greatness never dies"
Reggie Bush "#Legend RT @SportsCenter: Former NFL player and Hall of Fame broadcaster Pat Summerall has died. He was 82."
Dick Vitale: "Pat Summerall has passed-He was a vital part of the Madden Summerall team that thrilled us 4 many years. May he RIP"
Braylon Edwards: "Rest in peace to one of the best to ever do it mr Pat Summerall. You will be missed"
Erin Andrews "Rest in peace RT @FOXSports: Remembering the life of Pat Summerall >> http://on-msn.com/15dQVaZ
Emmitt Smith: "lots of love for Pat here on twitter. I'm glad
Robert Flores: "RIP to Pat Summerall. A man that achieved greatness in part, for what he didn't say. #legend"
Joe Theismann: "For those of us that had the chance to work w Pat Summerall, will miss a true icon. RIP Pat"
ESPN Monday Night: "RIP Pat Summerall. A true professional and master of words will be missed."
Adam Schefter: "One of the great voices of football history, Pat Summerall, has been silenced. RIP."
Trevor Immelman: "RIP Pat Summerall, sweetest voice The Masters coverage has ever had."
Jodie Meeks: "R.I.P. Pat Summerall! Use to love playing the old NFL Madden with him announcing!"
Chris Culliver: "R.I.P Pat Summerall you gave alot to myself and broadcasting!"