John Madden retires from broadcasting saying ‘it’s time’

April 16, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Legendary football coach and commentator John Madden, known for his offbeat style, as much as his insight into the nuances of the sport, is retiring from broadcasting. “It’s time,” he said in a statement issued by NBC Sports, where he had been an analyst for “Sunday Night Football” since 2006 following stints at ABC, Fox and CBS, where he began his second career after retiring from coaching the Oakland Raiders in 1979. “I’m 73 years old. My 50th anniversary is this fall.” He added: “It’s been such a great ride. The N.F.L. has been my life for more than 40 years, it has been my passion — and still is.”

Dick Ebersol, the chairman of NBC Sports, said in a written statement: “I spent all day in the Bay Area yesterday with John and tried every way I could to make sure he was sure about his decision. And in true John Madden fashion, he was sure. He said it best when he simply said ‘it’s time’… and I admire him for that.

“To put any speculation to rest, John has just decided to retire because it’s time–nothing more, nothing less. We will never see or hear another man like John Madden. We will sorely miss him because he was the most fun guy ever to just hang out with.”

Madden rose to prominence at CBS with Pat Summerall as his straightman partner. Madden spent 30 years in broadcasting and won 16 Emmy Awards, while gaining an enormous following because of his ability to make viewers both understand and enjoy games.   He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who coached the Raiders to a regular season record of 103-32-7 and a triumph over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI.


Comments

2 Responses to “John Madden retires from broadcasting saying ‘it’s time’”

  1. Drewingkrew on April 16th, 2009 1:24 pm

    Legend NFL-retire!!!
    73-year-old John Madden is calling it quits.
    NBC said- he has decided to retire.See more here:John Madden-retire

  2. nomad on April 22nd, 2009 9:27 pm

    i hope they keep making the Madden football Xbox games, those rock

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