John Madden

John Madden, 81, is a former NFL coach and sports commentator. He began coaching at the age of 24 and now has a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At 22, Madden was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles to enter the NFL Draft but a career ending knee injury at a training camp prompted Madden to return to California Polytechnic State University, where he pursued his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education in 1961. In 1960 Madden began his career as an assistant coach at Allan Hancock College, and that spurred a lengthy career history as an assistant coach, defensive coordinator, linebacker’s coach and eventually the title of head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He has lead his teams to an AFL Championship title in 1967 and the Super Bowl XI title. He also earned several coaching awards, such as the AFL Coach of the Year title in 1969 and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. From 1979 to 2008, Madden was an analyst for NFL games for CBS, FOX, ABC and NBC sports, and he is the first color commentator to do so for all four of the major US television networks. He has an impressive record of 476 consecutive weekend streak of coverage for broadcasting appearances. In 1984 he was named the NSSA’s National Sportscaster of the year and rests at #2 on Yahoo! Sports All Time Network Television Sports Announcers. Although he is now retired since 2009, Madden’s legacy as a football coach and broadcaster are felt in football to date.

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