Madden Retires, Collinsworth to Fill His Shoes

After 3 decades John Madden has decided to retire from football broadcasting. His famous voice and flamboyant analysis will no longer be heard on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

“It’s time,” Madden said. “I’m 73 years old. My 50th wedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons and their families and their five grandchildren are at an age now when they know when I’m home and, more importantly, when I’m not.”

Madden began his football career in 1967 with the Oakland Raiders. He started off as the linebackers coach and 2 years later was promoted to head coach.

In 1979 John led the Oakland Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory, retiring afterwards and went into broadcasting. After only ten years of coaching, he was the youngest coach ever to reach 100 career regular season victories. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones,  had this to say about John Madden:

“I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone who loves the NFL, or cares about the NFL, more than John Madden. As a friend, I know that John’s respect and passion for the sport will be the two elements of his legacy that matter the most to him. His imprint and impact on our game were powerful and meaningful. His influence on the sport was felt by everyone — the guys in the equipment room, the players, the coaches, the owners, and most importantly, the fans.

“He’s going out on top — as the best we have — and the best we have ever had.”

NBC has named Chris Collinsworth to replace John Madden in the booth.

Comments
  1. WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU JOHN MADDEN THE FACE OF FOOTBALL!!!!

  2. nate

    this is so shocking and sad i dont know what to do. john madden will always remain synonymous with greatness in all facets of the game we as fans were so lucky to have witness and enjoyed over the years.

  3. Joe D.

    Who’s gonna tell us about how Brett Favre is doing now! Farewell John!

  4. TD

    Can’t stand Collinsworth.

  5. Stargazzing

    Can’t stand Madden as a commentator (great Coach) and really can’t stand Collinsworth either.

  6. Jack

    I am going to miss Madden for his art work. The Penis drawing. He drew it during the Philly @ Dallas game a couple years ago. Classic Madden moment.

    Come on Chris Collinsworth-less, he is just as bad as those Gumble brothers. I say Moose or Howie long should have taken Maddens place.

  7. madden to me never really liked the cowboys that much, he always disected the bad plays, and never gave the boys credit for a good play.
    yea , im glad he has retired. and yes he is a legend in my book,if collinsworth is stepping into his shoes , i hope he doesnt step on the cowboys as much;; GO COWBOYS,,ALL THE WAY TO THE SUPER BOWL AND KICK SOME BUTT;;;