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Overview (3)

Born in Austin, Minnesota, USA
Birth NameJohn Earl Madden
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

John Madden was born on April 10, 1936 in Austin, Minnesota, USA as John Earl Madden. He is known for his work on The Replacements (2000), Arli$$ (1996) and The Simpsons (1989). He has been married to Virginia Jo Fields since December 26, 1959. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Virginia Jo Fields (26 December 1959 - present) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Known for his colorful terms of expression ("Boom! Whap! Bang! Doink!") during his TV football analysis
His "nuclear" turkeys when he did the Thanksgiving Day football games with Fox, which were known to have up to eight drumsticks depending on how many players he was awarding them to.
Distinctive voice
Towering Height and broad frame

Trivia (31)

Football commentator, former pro coach.
Coach for the Oakland Raiders 1969-1979.
Coached the Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XI.
Always wore shirtsleeves when he coached, no matter how cold it got.
Retired from coaching after the 1978 season.
Never officially played in the NFL. Was a member of the 1960 NFL Champion Philadelphia Eagles his only season, but was sidelined with an injury and never was on the active roster.
Grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and played college football at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.
In recent years he has appeared in a variety of radio and television commercials including Ace Hardware, Outback Steakhouse, Rent-a-Center, Miller Lite, Sirius Satellite Radio and Tinactin. In particular, the Miller beer advertisements cemented Madden's image in the public eye as a bumbling but loveable personality.
Lends his voice, personality and name to the Madden NFL series of football video games published by Electronic Arts. Madden NFL is created at Electronic Arts Tiburon Studios in Orlando, Florida and consistently is one of the top selling games in North America every year.
In 2005, Dick Ebersol, president of NBC Sports, announced that Madden would do color commentary for NBC's Sunday night NFL games beginning with the 2006 season. Madden thus will become the first sportscaster to have worked for all of the "Big Four" U.S. broadcast television networks.
Recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award (which rewards exceptional longtime contributions to radio and TV in pro football) in 2002.
Since 1980, has worked as a color commentator on network television broadcasts of NFL games. For more than 20 years he worked alongside Pat Summerall, first at CBS, and then at the Fox Network. The pair's last game was Super Bowl XXXVI, after which Madden became co-host of ABC's Monday Night Football in the autumn of 2002 with longtime play-by-play announcer Al Michaels.
Is noted for his fear of flying. He travels around the country in a luxurious customized bus, which he has dubbed the "Maddencruiser." When not on the road, he and his wife reside in the exclusive community of Blackhawk, east of San Francisco. He also maintains an apartment in the Dakota Apartments in New York City as an East Coast base during the NFL season.
Became an assistant football coach for the Oakland Raiders in 1967. Served as the Raiders' head coach from 1969-1978. He guided the Raiders to 103 victories and only 32 losses in ten seasons. His overall record, including playoff games, is second in winning percentage only to the late Green Bay Packers coaching legend, Vince Lombardi.
Led the Oakland Raiders to a victory in Super Bowl XI on January 9, 1977 over the Minnesota Vikings, 32-14.
He is famous for the use of Turducken references during the league's traditional Thanksgiving Day games. He traditionally eats the combination on-air.
Hasn't flown since having a panic attack on a flight out of Tampa in 1979. Reportedly his fear was not about flying, or turbulence, but about being encased and not being able to get out. Besides, he once said: in an airplane he traveled all over the country and saw nothing, and now that he is on a motor coach, he sees more of America.
He has won several Emmys for his sports broadcasting work.
Portrayed by Frank Caliendo
On October 29, 1960, the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo team plane crashed on take off from Toledo Ohio, killing 22 people, most of them Madden's teammates from the prior season. From then on Madden was a white-knuckle flier, and would sometimes have claustrophobic panic episodes. After witnessing the crippling injury to Darryl Stingley on August 13, 1978, these episodes became more frequent and intense. When the season ended, Madden quit coaching so that he could quit flying.
Out of all the head coaches who have won the Super Bowl, Madden and Vince Lombardi are the only ones to have never had a losing season as a head coach.
Is a former football coach and lends his name to the EA Sports video game.
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 5, 2006.
Inducted into the "National Football League" Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on August 6th, 2006.
Noted for doing Monday-Friday morning sports updates on KCBS-74 radio station in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Release of his book, "One Knee Equals Two Feet: (And Everything Else You Need to Know About Football)". [1986]
Release of his book, "One Size Doesn't Fit All". [1988]
Release of his book, "The First Book of Football". [1988]
Release of his book, "All Madden: Hey, I'm Talking Pro Football" by John Madden with Dave Anderson. [1996]
Release of his book, "Hey, Wait a Minute, I Wrote a Book". [1984]
After the final 2005 season of NFL Monday Night Football (1970), Madden will join NBC's NFL coverage. [June 2005]

Personal Quotes (5)

The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else.
That's the biggest gap in sports, the difference between the winner and the loser of the Super Bowl.
If you think about it, I've never held a job in my life. I went from being an NFL player to a coach to a broadcaster. I haven't worked a day in my life.
On Troy Aikman, "Now here's a guy who, when he puts his contact lenses on, can see better. Without his contact lenses he won't be able to see as well, and maybe he won't be able to hit his receivers on time."
I've always said "winning is a great deodorant".

Salary (1)

NFL Monday Night Football (1970) $5,000,000 /yr (2002-2006)

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