As the Super Bowl draws nearer, Dallasites and visitors alike are looking forward to the big upcoming parties just as much as the big game. With the Black Eyed Peas in town, as well as Sean “Diddy” Combs and other A-list celebs, it’s looking to be a very big week for the Big D. Of course, there’s the parties, and then there’s the actual Super Bowl events, those rare, official gatherings that play host to football royalty.
One of these is the coveted Legends for Charity Pat Summerall Award Dinner, held February 3rd at the Hilton Anatole, the NFL Headquarters Hotel. It’s a special night where the general public can rub elbows with the stars and celebrate a significant award given by the biggest name in sportscasting, who just so happens to call Dallas home.
“Super Bowl is the biggest weekend in professional sports – and to showcase it here in Dallas in the Cowboys’ state-of-the-art stadium will show the world we know how to put on a show here in Dallas,” said Mr. Summerall. “I am looking forward to being there and witnessing it firsthand.”
This year marks the first time a group will be presented the Summerall Award. The Super Bowl XLV Broadcast Team members include Troy Aikman, Jimmy Johnson, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Buck, Jay Glazer, Howie Long, Curt Menefee, Pam Oliver and Michael Strahan. “The group award this year – which varies from the original concept of selecting an individual who has not only excelled in their field but for their personal commitment to making a difference in the lives of others – was done to celebrate the difference the network – The NFL ON FOX – is making through their creation of the FOX Sports Supports program,” said Mr. Summerall. ” It was a perfect way to celebrate their selection of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”
Mr. Summerall said further how much sportscasting has changed in the years he has known it. “It has evolved in so many ways – from the graphics to the research to the state of the level camera work,” he said. “More important – today announcers are free to criticize and give their opinion on the game or a play call. We did not have the approval to voice our own opinions years ago.”
Live and silent auctions the night of the event will benefit St. Jude’s.
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