John Madden: A Tribute

By NFLSportChannel
for NFLSportChannel.com

Published: April 16, 2009

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... changed the way we see this sport and helped propel it to what it is today, the premier sport in America.

John was, without question, the face of the NFL. From my personal perspective John brought four major contributions to my beloved sport.

First and foremost, he taught mainstream people the X's and O's of professional football.

As a college football player, I learned from him.

A world respected professor of mine, when asked why he was so popular, once commented "I put the cookies on the lower shelf so even the big boys can reach them." That was John. He spoke to both the novice and the well informed fan.

Second, John was an innovator.

Even when he was well beyond an age, when most of us have long since retired, he was creating "turduckin," the "telestrator," and his "side of the bus" hall of fame.

I can only hope I remain as fresh and innovative at that age.

Third, John embodied integrity.

I can not enumerate the nu...

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