In an effort to bring you the best of the NFL, we give you the JMRA Hall of Fame…
Inductee # 1 – Joe Montana
Inductee # 2 – Philadelphia Eagles’ Gang Green Defense (1989-1992)
Our third induction is represented by another group, this time behind the microphone. I remember being in a casino in Atlantic City when I was 10 years old and walking into some gift shop to buy a USA Today. The mere purpose of buying the paper was to rifle through the USA Today’s Sports section so I could see the game capsules and find out where Pat Summerall and John Madden were going to be that week.
I thought they were the two coolest non-NFL players in the league. They made me care about the game and explained it such a manner that was concise and easy to understand. In fact, I used to keep track of how many times they were in Philadelphia to call Eagles games.
Madden and Summerall were the perfect mix. Summerall, the quiet type, who occasionally added in his dry humor and just did his job. Madden served as the bombastic, friendly analyst; seemingly more likely to be your neighbor than to have ever been one of the most successful head coaches in NFL history.
The duo embodied NFC football on CBS during the 1980s and into the 90s. Once they left for FOX after CBS lost the NFC package following the ’93 season, things weren’t quite the same. Nonetheless, there hasn’t been a better broadcasting duo since these two called their last game together at Super Bowl XXXVI between the Rams and Patriots.
And now, five great moments in the duo’s history…
1. Darrell Green crushes Chicago in the ’87 NFC Divisional playoffs.
2. Darryl Grant ices Dallas in the 1982 NFC title game.
3. Intro to 1992 NFC title game
4. There will be noooo three-peat!
5. Madden and Summerall question Burt Reynolds’ playmaking ability.