Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden was born April 10, 1936 in Austin, Minnesota.
Madden celebrated his 83rd birthday Wednesday. As all die-hard football fans know, few people have had the impact on the sport that Madden has. (RELATED: Comedian Tries To Turn Players Against Each Other In Hilarious ‘Madden’ Promo [Video])
The great John Madden turns 83 years old today… pic.twitter.com/sMdBShY8vZ
— 80s Sports N Stuff (@80sSportsNStuff) April 10, 2019
As a coach, Madden led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl championship in 1976, before retiring two years later at the age of 42. After stepping down from coaching, Madden became the voice for a generation of football fans.
Madden was a color analyst for NFL games over the span of three decades on all four different major networks: CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC. Madden stepped away from the booth following the 2008 NFL season, and has been retired ever since.
Of course many video game fans also know Madden as the voice of the NFL EA Sports series that bears his name. The “Madden NFL” video game series started in 1993, and still continues to thrive over a quarter century later.
It’s just one of many lasting legacies Madden has left on the sport.
Happy birthday Coach Madden!