Sandy Grossman, 78; acclaimed TV sports director

Mr. Grossman won eight Emmys from inside the TV truck.
Mr. Grossman won eight Emmys from inside the TV truck.Roman Iwasiwka/CBS Sports

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NEW YORK — Sandy Grossman, who directed a record 10 Super Bowl broadcasts and spent more than two decades in the TV truck working with announcers Pat Summerall and John Madden, has died. He was 78.

Mr. Grossman died Wednesday at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., of cancer, his son Dean said.

‘‘He could just make magic,’’ Madden said in a phone interview Thursday.

When Madden, a former coach, watched film and practices to prepare for calling games, Mr. Grossman was right beside him. That homework paid off when the analyst would make a point on air and the director would immediately pull up the right clip to illustrate it.

‘‘His amazing directorial talents on the NFL truly distinguished him as one of the great directors in the history of sports television,’’ CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said.

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