Groundbreaking career of NFL icon John Madden celebrated in FOX Sports documentary
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The life and legacy of John Madden was celebrated in a Christmas Day documentary on FOX Sports.
“ALL MADDEN” featured the 85-year-old Pro Football Hall of Famer who won a Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders, became a legendary broadcaster and later the frontman of the hit video game “Madden NFL”.
“Football is my life. It’s something I say proudly. But it’s complicated,” Madden said.
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The documentary took a behind-the-scenes look at Madden’s training days and later an interview with the NFL icon himself – his first in over a decade.
“You can’t write professional football history without John Madden,” former Raiders defensive lineman Howie Long said.
Madden coached in the NFL from 1969 to 1978 – all with the Raiders. He was 103-32-7 as a head coach and led the Raiders 13-1 to a Super Bowl against the Minnesota Vikings in 1976. He was also the youngest coach to reach 100 season wins. regular when he did so at 42. He’s never had a losing season and still has the most wins of any Raiders coach.
He retired from coaching due to an ulcer problem and general exhaustion at work.
He would then join the other side of the sport – in the commentator’s booth. First for CBS, then FOX and later ABC and NBC. During his career as a commentator – from 1979 to 2008, he was one of the biggest sports broadcasters.
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He was known for his quick wit and the way he was able to dissect parts by adding his “BOOM!” Patented. where it was needed.
“I knew after playing the first two games that was what I wanted to do,” said Madden. “This is it. I kissed him.”
In 1988, he lent his name and personality to Electronic Arts to create the video game “Madden NFL”. The popular game has grown from onscreen spots for systems like Super Nintendo and has become the monster it is today on major consoles with eSports leagues developed around the game.
Bill Belichick, Lawrence Taylor and Joe Buck were among those featured in the documentary praising Madden.
“When you look at John you don’t confuse him with anyone else. You can see this guy a mile and a half away,” Belichick said.
“John Madden made me a better player. I was pretty good. He just made me better,” said the New York Giants legend. “As simple as that.”
Buck added, “If you heard his voice in the distance, this was the TV you had to run to.”
Madden’s legacy lives on in all aspects of the sport. He helped make television a staple in football for Thanksgiving Day. It would reward the best players in the game with a turkey leg, a tradition that still continues in the various broadcasts currently.
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Madden ended her career as a winner of 16 Emmy Awards. He was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
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