John Madden Retires

Dumont WalkerSenior Analyst IApril 16, 2009

TV commentator John Madden stands on the sidelines as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field, September 7, 2006. The Steelers defeated the Dolphins, 28-17.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Despite what many would say, today is a sad day for sports fans. John Madden retiring from NFL broadcast represents the loss of one of the truly legendary voices and personalities in sports.

Madden's retirement will mark the end of that 30 year run in the booth. Most recently Madden was part of NBC's Sunday night broadcast.

The legendary broadcaster released the following statement.

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 broadcasting partners Pat and Al...the production people and the still'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 itthe travel, the practices, the game film, the games, seeing old friends and meeting new people...but I know this is the right time.


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