John Madden’s Legendary, Sometimes-Ridiculed, Voice Will Live On Forever


Published: April 17, 2009


... not lost John Madden the person yet. But after announcing his retirement Thursday, we have lost John Madden the broadcaster, a true legend in the business.

At 73, Madden has limited time left on Earth, but his voice is truly immortal. Though it has often been the butt of many jokes, most famously Frank Caliendo’s dead-on impression, there’s no denying his presence in the game of football.

His name, face and voice are all instantly recognizable by any self-respecting fan of the game. He is the face and voice of football. He is the inspiration behind arguably the greatest video game franchise of all time.

Despite what many younger fans may believe about Madden’s intelligence level in the game of football, he won Super Bowl XI way back in 1977. He may have been famous for pointing out the ob...

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