A Genius Masquerading as a Moron: John Madden Retires After 30 Years

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Published: April 16, 2009


... to say on his retirement:

"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...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."

"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."

Madden is arguably the most recognizable voice in all of sports, rivaling that of the late Harry Kalas and his former partner in the booth, Pat Summerall.

Madden was the coach of the Oakland Raiders during their glory days, going 103-32-7, winning seven AFC West titles,...

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