Future Phenoms

ABOUT THE SHOW…

Comcast Hometown Network

Inspirational and motivational series profiles the top rookie, college and high-school talent in sports. Also features current athletes who share their experiences, advice and personal impressions of the road to stardom.This is a show about high school athletics. The show, which is hosted by legendary broadcaster Pat Summerall, takes its viewers across the country in search of the brightest young stars in sports. Future Phenoms is the cable counterpart of the broadcast program Sports Stars of Tomorrow, the only high school sports program in national syndication.

The nationally syndicated sports television show about high school and college athletics. The show began in 2005, originally hosted by Pat Summerall, and then began being hosted by college and National Football League television analyst Charles Davis in 2012. Its goal is to provide stories about the top prep athletes in the United States, and what they do they do off the field. It is produced by GameDay Productions, a private television production company based in Fort Worth, Texas.

Host Bio

Comcast Hometown NetworkPat Summerall (George Allen Summerall), (born May 10, 1930, Lake City, Fla.—died April 16, 2013, Dallas, Texas), American football player and sports broadcaster who enjoyed a 40-year career in the broadcast booth as the “voice of the NFL,” notably as the understated yet capable play-by-play analyst for CBS (1981–94) and Fox (1994–2002) television, a role in which his sonorous voice was the antidote for the blustering commentary of his broadcast partner, former NFL coach John Madden. In addition to his NFL duties and involvement in 16 Super Bowls, Summerall covered the Masters golf tournament and the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

A few weeks after his birth, Summerall underwent a procedure that corrected the position of his right foot, which had faced backward. At the time, the prognosis was that he would walk with a limp and never play sports. Nevertheless, the aunt and uncle who raised him and nicknamed him Pat encouraged him to compete. In high school Summerall participated in several sports, and while attending the University of Arkansas, he played baseball and football. He was drafted (1952) by the NFL’s Detroit Lions, but soon after breaking his arm, he was traded to the Chicago Cardinals, where he was the placekicker (1952–57) but also stepped in as a defensive end and a reserve tight end.

His years (1958–61) with the New York Giants, however, were his most memorable and formative, especially training under offensive coach Vince Lombardi and defensive coach Tom Landry. In a career in which Summerall scored 563 points, the highlight came during a snowstorm in 1958 when he kicked a 49-yard field goal that helped the Giants advance to a play-off for the Eastern Conference title. His career as a sports announcer began in 1962 on CBS. On Giants TV broadcasts, Summerall was paired with Chris Schenkelin the 1960s and with Tom Brookshier in the ’70s. Summerall published a memoir, Summerall: On and off the Air(2006), in which he disclosed his battle with alcoholism and his need for a liver transplant, which he received in 2004.

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