Football legend Pat Summerall died on Tuesday. Though he was probably best-known to most of the public as a sportscaster, he had also been a highly regarded NFL player, both as a defensive back, but also most notably a kicker.
It's the latter which brought about a story that I suspect few people knew. His first name was not, in fact, actually "Pat." It was George.
However, in football box scores, when a kicker makes the extra point after a touchdown, it's generally listed at "PAT", followed by the name of the player who scored. And since so many box scores listed "PAT Summerall," he just picked up the nickname.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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