Never before had the phrases “Boom!” or “Bootleg!” been so synonymous with one person. Rarely before had one person traveled across country on a weekly basis via bus. Never before had there been someone as charismatic and jolly as John Madden was with the game of football.
Oh, and not to mention insightful.
After 51 years in being involved with professional football, Hall of Fame announcer, player, and coach John Madden has decided to retire in his entirety from the sport that he loved. NBC made the announcement Thursday morning, and football has lost a great one.
Madden was drafted in the 21st round by the Philadelphia Eagles back in 1958, but his playing career never fully blemished into anything special. He worked from 1967-1978 as linebacker and eventually head coach of the Oakland Raiders, putting them on the map with a victory in Super Bowl XI. He also spent time at Allan Hancock College and San Diego State University as a coach prior.
John then headed to the announcers booth in 1979, spending the next 30 years partnered up with guys like Pat Summerall, Vin Scully, and Al Michaels. His legacy carried on to his video games, with the Madden Football Series being one of the most popular chains of sports games ever produced.
While I personally was never high on Madden, his antics will certainly be missed. He was an insightful commentator, and despite babbling at times was able to provide good information to the viewers. May your legacy live in Canton John.
In your memory John.