NFL Legend John Madden Retires

By NFLSportChannel
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Published: April 16, 2009

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... for 30 years, and before that he was the Oakland Raiders coach for ten, winning one Super Bowl with them.

John Madden will always be a part of my childhood.  I heard him announce games almost every week, and I owned about 80 percent of the Madden video games over the last 20 years.

I will always remember that he toured the country in a bus because he was afraid of flying.  And that he had turkey with eight legs created for the annual Thanksgiving Day turkey leg awards at whatever game he was working, usually a Cowboys game.

Of course, none of this has spoken to his knowledge of the game.  He is a fantastic football mind.  He always had some Yogi Berra type sayings to throw into a broadcast, but you never doubted he knew the game, even if you didn't agree with what he was saying.

As a big sports video game player, his games were an annual staple for me.  I can't tell you how many seasons I've played over the last 20 ...

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