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.