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Summerall Returning to NFL Broadcast

August 12, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) _ Pat Summerall is returning to an NFL broadcast booth, to work ESPN’s coverage of the game between the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens.

Summerall, who had a liver transplant in April, will pinch hit Thursday night for Mike Patrick, who underwent triple heart bypass surgery.

``I feel better than I have in 15 years,″ said the 74-year-old Summerall. ``It’s an honor for me to be working with these guys.″

Summerall will work ESPN’s four preseason games and hopes to do more games after that. ``I feel well enough and love to do it,″ Summerall said. ``Thus far, it’s four games. After that, I’m available.″

He qualified for a transplant through blood tests that rank potential recipients anonymously.

Meanwhile, ESPN producer Jay Rothman said Patrick’s return is up to the broadcaster.

``Mike’s getting better every day,″ Rothman said. ``He’s resting at home. His spirits are good and when Mike’s feeling up to it, he’ll be back.″

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