Legendary NFL TV director Sandy Grossman dies

For anyone whose appreciation for the NFL was cemented by games televised on CBS and announced by Pat Summerall and John Madden, the name Sandy Grossman is a familiar one.  Grossman typically got his mention when Summerall ran through the credits after the game was essentially over — his own twist on Don Meredith crooning, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over.”

Per multiple reports, Grossman has died.  He was 78.

He served as the director for the legendary Summerall-Madden duo at CBS and FOX.  Grossman also directed a whopping 10 Super Bowls.

He also directed 18 NBA Finals and five Stanley Cup Finals.  During his career, Grossman won eight Emmy awards.

But he’ll be most remembered for 21 seasons with Summerall and Madden.  Here’s their last bit of work together, the final drive of Super Bowl XXXVI between the Patriots and the Rams.