Broadcaster, former NFL head coach John Madden announces his retirement

John Madden, the burly former coach who has been one of pro football’s most popular broadcast analysts for three decades, is retiring.

In this Aug. 5

NEW YORK — John Madden, the burly former coach who has been one of pro football’s most popular broadcast analysts for three decades, is retiring.

Madden worked for the past three seasons on NBC’s Sunday night NFL game. His last telecast was the Super Bowl between Arizona and Pittsburgh.

“It’s time,” Madden said in a statement. “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 said he still loves all aspects of the game and his job, and that’s why it took him a couple of months to make the decision.

Madden’s blue-collar style and love for in-the-trenches football endeared him to fans. His “Madden NFL Football” is the top-selling sports video game of all time.

Madden is reluctant to fly and often travelled to games in a specially equipped bus.

He began his pro football career as a linebacker coach at Oakland in 1967 and was named head coach two years later, at 33 the youngest coach in what was then the American Football League.

Madden led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory and retired in 1979. He joined CBS later that year.

He worked at CBS until 1994 when the network lost rights to broadcast NFL games, leading him to switch to Fox. He left Fox in 2002 to become the lead analyst for ABC’s “Monday Night Football” and joined NBC in 2006 when that network inaugurated a prime-time Sunday game.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

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