The End of a Legacy: John Madden Retires

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IApril 17, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 22:  Former Head Coach John Madden of the Oakland Raiders is presented with his Hall of Fame Ring during a ceremony to honor his recent induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame before the game against the Arizona Cardinals on October 22, 2006 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The look of the NFL has officially been changed today.  Legendary broadcaster and Hall of Fame coach John Madden has decided to end of his illustrious career.

As a Steelers fan, I have to say, I am going to miss him.

I know he hates the Steelers.  But I loved when he called our games. 

You could be sure that every time Madden would announce a Steelers' game, we would hear Al Michaels bring up the Immaculate Reception.

That would be followed by Madden explaining how the call was not fair and that the Raiders should have won that game.

I remember when Madden made the comment that the statues in the Hall of Fame would talk to each other at night, and they would have wonderful stories they would tell.

Chris Collinsworth is going to replace Madden in the booth, and I believe that he is going to do a terrific job.

Even though he is a former Cincinnati Bengal, Collinsworth always calls it down the middle.  Madden could never be accused of that.

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The biggest question is, what will EA Sports call the NFL football game that everyone plays?

Will it keep the Madden name?  Or will it be changed to NFL 10?  Is there anyone that can take the place of the always classy John Madden?

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