Legendary TV sports director Sandy Grossman dies at age 78

Sandy Grossman

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Legendary TV sports director Sandy Grossman, who called the shots for John Madden and the late Pat Summerall over the course of 21 seasons orchestrating NFL broadcasts on FOX and CBS, has died after an extended bout with cancer. He was 78.

Grossman directed 10 Super Bowls, 18 NBA Finals and five Stanley Cup Finals in his career and won eight Emmys for his work behind the scenes, including one for the 1980 Super Bowl. Grossman’s final Super Bowl in the director’s chair was the Patriots’€™ last-second win over the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002:

"€œSandy was part of the original heart and soul of FOX Sports,"€ FOX Sports president Eric Shanks said in a statement. "€œHe was a brilliant director and a thoughtful colleague. He mentored many of us here and throughout the sports TV industry, and we learned more from him than he could imagine.

"€œOn behalf of everyone at FOX Sports, we extend our deepest condolences to Sandy’s family who are in our thoughts and prayers. He’ll be greatly missed."€