NBC broadcaster John Madden retires
NEW YORK (AP)—John Madden is calling it quits.
NBC said Thursday that the burly ex-coach who has been one pro football’s top broadcast analysts has decided to retire. The 73-year-old Madden has been working for the past three seasons on NBC’s Sunday night NFL game. His last telecast was the Super Bowl between Arizona and Pittsburgh.
Since he left coaching in 1979, the former oakland raiders coach has worked as an analyst for all four broadcast networks. His “Madden NFL Football” is the top-selling sports video game of all time.
Madden is reluctant to fly and often traveled to games in a specially-equipped bus. He said in a statement that he still loves all aspects of the job, “but I know this is the right time.”
Football won't be the same without big John.
My question is, how did he get around with the team in his coaching days if he was reluctant to fly?
I'm personally thrilled. No more listening to his Brett Favre love or his point out the obvious comments like, "typically the team that has the most points at the end of the game wins the game". Thank the Lord.
Over the years I've lost contact with pro football but I've always liked Madden and his commentary and analysis of the game. He did have occasion to ramble a little but I could get by that. I agree, football commentary will not be the same. Chris Collingsworth is a pretty good substitute in my opinion.
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