Statement from Tom Lewand on the passing of Pat Summerall

Posted Apr 16, 2013

"On behalf of the William Clay Ford Family and the entire Detroit Lions organization, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Pat's wife Cheri, his children and his legions of fans and friends across the sports universe."
"Pat's impact on the National Football League was undeniably profound," Team President Tom Lewand said. "For those of us fortunate to have grown up listening to Pat, it often seemed like he was broadcasting the game right there in our living room with us. His style was simple, unique and impactful."
"For nearly four decades Pat's voice was synonymous with the best of NFL football. No one did it better. He touched generations of football fans and all of us in the NFL owe a debt of gratitude to Pat for his many contributions to our game."
NOTE: Pat Summerall was originally drafted by the Detroit Lions with the 45th overall pick in the 1952 draft.  He played one season with the Lions before being traded to the Chicago Cardinals in 1953.