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 League...my broadcasting partners Pat and Al...the production people and the fans...is still great...it'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.