As we mourn the passing of Pat Summerall at the age of 82, we not only remember his great career as a sportscaster, but also as a commercial pitchman. With that great set of pipes, it’s only natural that Summerall would endorse products. Throughout the 1980′s and into the 1990′s, Summerall was the spokesman for True Value Hardware. Interestingly enough, his CBS and Fox partner, John Madden was the spokesman for rival Ace Hardware.
Here’s a 30 second spot from 1986 featuring the True Value jingle and Pat’s famous tagline, “And tell ‘em Pat Summerall sent you!”
Pat is not shown in the first ad in this set of commercials from 1978, but you can hear his classic voice for Primatene Mist. Keep watching and you’ll see the late Jonathan Winters in a Hefty garbage bag ad as well as former Charlie’s Angels star Cheryl Ladd.
Even in his later years after he left full-time sportscasting, he continued to be on ads like this one for the Carter Eye Center in Dallas.
The man was certainly made for broadcasting. And pitching products.