Dear John Madden, Thank You for the Memories


Published: April 16, 2009


... unplugged the microphone.

John Madden has probably been involved in all of our lives. Whether it is from listening to him and Pat Summerall or Al Michaels during football broadcasts, being a fan of the Oakland Raiders during the 1970's, or playing his video game series, he has touched us all.

As a high school standout in football, Madden chose to attend junior college at the College of San Mateo before transferring to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

After college, Madden was selected 244th overall in the 1958 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. But, a knee injury in training camp, a year later, ended his professional football career.

As a young assistant at San Diego State University, Al Davis hired Madden as the linebackers coach of the Oakland Raiders, helping the Raiders reach Super Bowl II, in his first season.

After head coach John Raunch resigned to coach the Buffalo Bills, Davis hired Madden ...

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