In 1994, when John Madden and Pat Summerall broadcast their final game together on CBS, Madden closed by saying, “I’m not going to say I love you, but I like you an awful lot.”
Madden saved the fondest farewell for Saturday, at Summerall’s memorial service.
“Bye, Pat. Rest in Peace. I love you,” Madden said, via the Star-Telegram.
Madden joked during his eulogy that he was going on too long — as he was known to do during his 22 years as Summerall’s partner.
“I got up this morning and I thought, ‘Pat, I need you,’” Madden said. “I couldn’t get the tie straightened, a button buttoned. It was the same old thing. . . . I know Pat’s up there saying, ‘brevity, brevity, brevity.’ But just one more time I’m going to talk over you.”
And with that, the best broadcasting duo in the history of American sports said their last goodbye.