His very name is synonymous with the game of football itself. That trademark voice and infectious laugh led to an unprecedented 16 Outstanding Sports Analyst/Personality Emmy awards.
John Madden has announced his retirement from broadcasting through a statement released on NBC Sports.com.
The former Raider head coach had a career record of 112-39-7 with an all-time best .759 winning percentage. During his tenure in Oakland, Madden compiled 7 AFC Western Division titles and was victorious over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. In 2006, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Madden was promoted to head coach of the Oakland Raiders by owner Al Davis in 1969 when he was just 33-years-old, becoming the youngest head coach in the AFL. His football roots run the California coast. Raised in Daly City, Madden played his college ball at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He would go on to coach at Hancock Junior College in Santa Maria before becoming the defensive coordinator at San Diego State, his final stop prior to being hired as linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders.
John Madden’s impact on the game of football is immeasurable. As a coach, he succeeded with not only on filed victories, but also in helping to make professional football viable and stable in the landscape of North American sports. His everyman style of broadcast redefined the conventional notions of sports analysis. To top it all off, the best selling video game that bears his name has insured that his impact on the game he loves would reach to most every household and bridge generational gaps across the globe.
Known for his dislike of flying, Madden’s infamous trailer has made its final stop in Pleasanton, California, where he resides with his wife of 50 years, Virginia.
As a Raider fan, I don’t know where my faith in football would be without John Madden. As a fan of the game itself, I realize that we are losing the greatest ambassador our sport has ever known. Thanks for everything, John. Our Sundays just won’t be the same anymore.