1994 – Pat Summerall
Born in Lake City, Florida, on May 10, 1930, sportscasting legend Pat Summerall was the premier play-by-play football announcer during his more than 40 year broadcasting career. Before becoming a sportscaster, in 1962, Summerall was a placekicker for the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants. After his playing career he joined the CBS network, first on radio and then television. He worked at CBS for 32 years, before moving with broadcasting partner John Madden to FOX, when they outbid CBS for the broadcast rights of the NFL, in 1994. Summerall continued to broadcast with Madden until he retired in 2001. He then came out of retirement to broadcast the 2002 season, before retiring again after the season. During his outstanding career, Summerall broadcast 16 Super Bowls on television, and 10 on radio. He was also noted for his coverage of major golf and tennis events, including the Masters and U.S. Open. In recognition of his outstanding career as a football broadcaster, the Pro Football Hall of Fame awarded him the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television award in 1994. Among his many other accolades, was his naming as National Sportscaster of the Year in 1977. Summerall was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame on May 2, 1994, for his outstanding contributions as a sportscaster.