John Madden (II)

John Madden (II)


4/10/1936, Austin, Minnesota

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Having played football in college, John was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958, but a training camp injury ended his career before he ever played a game. John shifted to coaching, and rapidly rose to become a defensive assistant at San Diego State, helping build one of…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • John's height is 6' 4" (1.93m).

    • Discussing his dealings with John while creating the original John Madden Football Trip Hawkins revealed, "When you meet with him privately, every sentence contains the f-word; one of his most amazing talents is the ability to switch that off when he goes on the air."

    • John has done a weekly Madden Report on upcoming NFL games, available for Verizon wireless subscribers.

    • John is a member of the 2006 induction class to the Pro Football Hall of Hame.

    • For most of his broadcasting tenure at CBS, and all at FOX, John annually named players to his All-Madden team, recognition that some players coveted more than a 'real' award from the NFL or Associated Press.

    • John holds a Bachelor of Science degree, earned in 1959, and a Master of Arts degree, earned in 1961. Both were received from California Polytechnic College at San Luis Obispo, where he played on the football and baseball teams.

    • John contributes regular NFL football reports to San Francisco's KCBS radio station.

    • In 1982, John received the Golden Mike Award from the Touchdown Club of America, becoming the first NFL analyst to receive that award.

    • John was named Sports Personality of the Year by the American Sportscasters Association in 1985 and 1992.

    • John and his wife, Virginia, have two children: sons Joe and Mike.

    • John is a finalist to be a Class of 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, nominated by the Seniors Committee for his coaching excellence.

    • John's memoirs, Hey, Wait a Minute! I Wrote a Book!, were published in 1985.

    • John co-wrote, along with Peter Kaminsky, John Madden's Ultimate Tailgating, published in 1998.

    • John co-wrote, along with Dave Anderson, All Madden: Hey, I'm Talking Pro Football!, published in 1996.

    • John wrote The First Book of Football, published in 1993.

    • John wrote One Knee Equals Two Feet and Everything Else You Need to Know About Football, published in 1987.

    • Though he helped make the turducken (a chicken stuffed into a duck, then stuffed into a turkey) a pop culture term by his mention of it on Thanksgiving football game broadcasts, contrary to popular belief, he did not create the dish.

    • John has won 14 Emmy awards for his football analysis, including 9 consective wins between 1981 and 1992 (no awards were given from 1984-86).

    • John was awarded the 2002 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, given by the Pro Football Hall of Fame to recognize outstanding lifetime achievement in football broadcasting.

    • John has a well-known fear of flying. As a result, he travels to and from game assignments in the Maddencruiser, a luxuriously customized bus.

    • Upon moving to FOX in 1994, John's salary of $8 million paid him over $3 million more to broadcast games than John Elway, the highest-paid person to actually play in the games, who made just over $4.7 million that year.

    • His .759 regular season winning percentage is the best in NFL history.

    • John has his own NFL football video game series by EA Sports.

  • Quotes

    • John: The high of a win is never as high as the low of a loss, and the longer you are in the business, the wider that gap becomes.

  • informative, NFL icon, hall of famer, expert in his field

    I didn't know he played baseball in school until I read about him on this site. I guess it is expected for John to have a Masters degree. I simply thought of him as a (brilliant) jock that made it as a coach. This man does grow on you. Either you love him or don't. If it is possible, he can be too informative. He is known to draw all over the screen telling us what is happening on the football field. He knows the game inside and out. Even if you dislike the guy, he is the man on knowing what is going on in the NFL. He isn't an armchair QB either, he has lived it.moreless