John Madden Retires
April 19, 2009 at 7:32 PM (PT)
JOHN MADDEN, the longtime football commentator and former OAKLAND RAIDERS coach, has announced his retirement from broadcasting. MADDEN, who appears daily on CBS RADIO News KCBS-A-KFRC/SAN FRANCISCO, issued a statement through NBC SPORTS saying, "It’s time. I’m 73 years old. My 50th wedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons, and their families and my five grandchildren are at an age now when they know when I’m home and, more importantly, when I’m not…
"It’s been such a great ride … the NFL has been my life for more than 40 years, it has been my passion -- it still is. I appreciate all of the people who are and were such an important part of the most enjoyable, most fun anyone could have … that great life with the teams, the players, the coaches, the owners, the League … my broadcasting partners PAT (SUMMERALL) and AL (MICHAELS) … the production people and the fans … is still great … it’s still fun and that’s what it makes it hard and that’s why it took me a few months to make a decision. I still love every part of it -- the travel, the practices, the game film, the games, seeing old friends and meeting new people … but I know this is the right time."
MADDEN has been serving as analyst for NBC's SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL since 2006 and was the analyst for ABC's MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL and NFC coverage on CBS and FOX alongside SUMMERALL for many years. His eponymous video game for EA SPORTS is the dominant sports video game in the industry, and his idiosyncratic delivery has been a staple for comedians and impressionists, notably FRANK CALIENDO. His final game as analyst was this year's SUPER BOWL on FEBRUARY 1st. The announcement did not say whether MADDEN intends to continue his long-running KCBS segment, although MADDEN later said that he would continue the feature. CRIS COLLINSWORTH will replace MADDEN on NBC's SUNDAY NIGHT games.
ESPN's Bodenheimer: Madden A 'True Legend'
ESPN and ABC SPORTS President GEORGE BODENHEIMER paid tribute to MADDEN by calling him "a true legend and Hall of Famer who has put his imprint on the NFL in so many ways as a coach, broadcaster, ambassador, and as the face of the popular video game that bears his name. We thank him for the years he spent on MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, and I personally thank him for his friendship. We will all miss his signature calls, his passion for the game and seeing him in the television booth each week of the NFL season, but his impact on the league and its fans will continue to be felt. I wish him all the best in his retirement."