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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.

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10 Responses to “Legendary NFL TV director Sandy Grossman dies”
  1. hanspard says: Apr 2, 2014 9:32 PM

    Greatest TV booth EVER. Summerall was the straight man in the act, smooth and unwavering, while Madden was the wild man. Every time I hear that damn Gus Johnson blow on and scream, I think of the greats like Summerall and Enberg and Don Criqui. The ESPN generation of announcers suck, with all that “personality”. Hate to hear when the influence of guys like Grossman is lost. RIP.

  2. nygmann says: Apr 2, 2014 9:37 PM

    The unsung hero of what I feel is the best sports duo (Madden and Summerall) in history! R.I.P.

  3. angelogiaquinto18 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:48 PM

    Looking back at vintage games, Summerall and madden were absolutely fantastic. A 100 times better than today’s announcers

  4. tolan04 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:59 PM

    Best duo in sports

  5. nevernudetobias says: Apr 2, 2014 10:02 PM

    Hate seeing this generation of television talent go. Madden/Summerall/Grossman were a dream team.

  6. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 2, 2014 10:26 PM

    It’s about time. Go Steelers!

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 2, 2014 10:33 PM

    Grossman typically only had his name mentioned once the game was over.

  8. gofor2with3pointlead says: Apr 2, 2014 10:48 PM

    Proves wrong the adage “only the good die young”. That’s a hell of a resume’.

  9. bigace73 says: Apr 3, 2014 7:32 AM

    Memories….sweetened through the ages just like wine….

  10. foothillfrank says: Apr 3, 2014 8:26 PM

    I saw Sandy worked and had the good fortune to work with him a littler. He prepped his cameramen and crew like an offensive and defensive coordinator. They knew what to watch for. Madden demanded football awareness and that A-Team raised the bar on how to cover football on television. Sandy and producer Bob Stenner made it all work. Before that group, TV crews had no idea how to really prepare to televise a game. Go back and look. The A-Team was a game changer for CBS and then especially at FOX where the added the genius of Exec Producer (President) David Hill

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