Bam! Football Analyst Madden Retires

Hall of Fame football coach John Madden, one of the sport's most popular game analysts, says he will leave the broadcast booth after three decades. Madden, 73, says his health is fine but he wants more time with family.

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We're not sure how many miles John Madden has logged traveling to pro football games by bus over his 30-year career. Madden hates to fly. We do know that the TV analyst has traveled his last, at least professionally. The tremendously popular color commentator announced his retirement today. Sports fans under 40 know him as the burly face and voice behind the Madden football video game series. He's also been a pitchman for beer, hardware stores and athletes foot medicine. Those over 40 remember him as the burly Hall of Fame coach, who stomped and screamed on the sidelines for the Oakland Raiders in the 1970s. Madden ended his career working for "Sunday Night Football" on NBC. His last game was "Super Bowl 43," which aired this past February.

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Correction April 17, 2009

In some broadcasts, we said, "Madden ended his career working for 'Monday Night Football' on ESPN." In fact, he was working for 'Sunday Night Football' on NBC when he decided to retire.



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