John Earl Madden
(born April 10, 1936) is a former American professional football
player in the National Football League
, a former head coach
with the Oakland Raiders
in the American Football League
and later the NFL, and a former color commentator
for NFL telecasts. In 2006, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
in recognition of his coaching career. He is also widely known for the long-running Madden NFL video game
series he has endorsed and fronted since 1988.
Madden broadcast with Pat Summerall
in the 1980s and 1990s, on CBS
and later Fox
. He was also the last color commentator
's Monday Night Football
before it moved to ESPN
. His last regular role was as a commentator for NBC Sunday Night Football
Madden has also written several books and has served as a commercial
pitchman for various products and retailers. He retired from broadcasting on April 16, 2009 in order to spend more time with his family.
John Madden was born in Austin
, to Earl Russell Madden and Mary Margaret (Flaherty) Madden. His father, an auto mechanic, moved the Madden family to Daly City
, a suburb of San Francisco
, when he was young. He attended middle school at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and then Jefferson High School
, graduating in 1954.
John Madden married Virginia Fields on December 26, 1959. They live in......