Kicking off the big Super Bowl weekend, athletes and philanthropists alike gathered for the Legends of Charity Dinner at the Hilton Anatole on February 3rd. Hosted by sportscaster Joe Buck, the evening featured a live and silent auction, sit-down dinner and ceremony for the lauded Pat Summerall award. All funds raised went to the St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Nashville.
This year marked the first time the award went to a group of people instead of just one sportscaster, the the NFL on Fox broadcasters who are covering Super Bowl XLV, all previous colleagues of Summerall himself. In attendance included FOX sports broadcasters Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Pam Oliver, Michael Strahan, Jay Glazer, Troy Aikman, Jimmy Johnson and Joe Buck, as well as Tony Romo, who was praised by Buck for attending when there were “so many other parties he could be at.”
One of the most touching moments occurred when Summerall spoke of Jack Buck, Joe Buck’s late father, who was also a sportscaster and who worked with Summerall at the old Cowboys stadium. To commemorate the games they shared together, Buck gave Summerall a watch with his number “88” printed at the three, six and nine. Summerall presented the watch to Joe Buck, who seemed truly taken aback by the sincere gift.
Stay tuned for more Super Bowl XLV coverage here in Dallas!