Apr 16, 2009

Coach, Super Bowl winner, Hall of Famer, John Madden Retires

At one time the youngest head coach in the history of the National Football League, the former lineman and assistant coach led the Oakland Raiders to 7 AFC West Titles, a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, and a record of 103-32-7 during his tenure. He remains the coach with the highest winning percentage of any in NFL history, at .750 . In 2006, -FUPPETS- was present in Canton, Ohio when Coach John Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining several of his former players.
Here is John Madden when he was a Raider's linebackers coach.

Here he is on the gridiron coaching his quarterback, Kenny Stabler.

After his career in the game he joined the broadcasting ranks and became, along with first partner Pat Summerall, one of the most beloved football announcing teams.

He then went on to join another announcer, Al Michaels, for the last decade of his broadcasting career. Three years ago he was very emotional when inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Today Coach John Madden has announced that he is retiring from broadcasting at the age of 76. The original king of the telestrator, and the man who could connect not just to the football-heads with his encyclopedic knowledge of the game but also to casual viewers through his enthusiasm and love for the game, will no longer be gracing our Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings. Thanks for the memories Coach.
(of course mention must be made of the greatest sports game in the history of video games, the MADDEN NFL franchise. While many kept trying to add ridiculous razzle dazzle and unnecessary shit to sports games, Madden made sure that the game with his name on it was as complex, rigorous to learn, and fun as real football.)

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