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John Madden

John Madden

John Madden is a former American football coach. John Madden worked as a sportscaster and play-by-play commentator.

John left the broadcasting industry in 2008, although he continued to make radio appearances on the side.

Early life and Childhood

John Madden was born on 10 April 1936 in Austin, Minnesota, the United States of America to Earl Russell Madden and Mary Margaret Madden.

Russell, his father, worked as a mechanic. They were in a bad financial situation.

With young John, the family relocated to Daly City, California.

Education Details

Until 1950, John Madden attended Catholic Parochial School.

Later, he enrolled at Jefferson High School, where he received his diploma in 1954.

Professional Career

During Madden’s high school years, John was a football star.

He played for the College of San Mateo for one season.

A football scholarship was offered by the University of Oregon to young players.

He was injured in the knee and had to have surgery. As a result, he ran out of games.

John was a member of the Mustangs at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo from 1957 to 1958, playing both offensive and defensive positions.

He was a catcher for the baseball team at the institution.

In 1958, the NFL franchise Philadelphia Eagles picked him because of his talent and playing style.

In his first training camp, he, unfortunately, sustained another knee injury.

As a result, his professional career was put on hold before it could begin.

Even though he was never able to play, John’s love for the game never faded.

As a result, he began his coaching career in 1960 as an assistant football coach at Allan Hancock College.

Two years later, he was elevated as head coach.

Since the 1963 season, he has worked as a defensive coach for San Diego State University’s football team.

The team was ranked among the top minor universities during his final season there in 1966.

Don Coryell, John’s employer, is credited with having had a significant influence on his coaching.

John was employed as a linebackers coach by the American Football League’s Oakland Raiders in 1967.

In the same season, the squad made it to Super Bowl II because of his influence.

After the former left, Madden was named head coach the following year.

At the age of 32, he became the professional football’s youngest head coach.

John Madden
John Madden sportscasting. Source: businessinsider

Madden led the Raiders to five AFC title games in seven years, all of which they lost.

The Raiders won their first Super Bowl in 1977, defeating the Minnesota Vikings 92-14.

John departed from coaching in 1979 after being the Raiders’ coach with the most victories.

According to reports, his ulcer and occupational stress were the main causes of his retirement.

John never had a losing season as a head coach, even in the era of the top coaches.

His second-highest winning % in league history makes him one of the finest.

Madden and Pat Summerall were the top football broadcasters on the CBS network in 1981.

In Pat’s absence, Madden teamed up with Vin Scully and later, Verne Lundquist. For five years, Madden and Summerall worked together at CBS.

When the Fox Network acquired the NFC rights in 1994, Madden and other CBS workers became free agents.

Because of his celebrity in football broadcasting, all of the sports networks, including Fox, ABC, and NBC, offered him a deal for more than $2 million per year.

According to reports, Fox paid him more than any NFL player does in a year.

At the same time, Fox’s NFL deal was proving to be prohibitively expensive. As a result, it attempted to reduce program costs.

In 2002, Madden became a pundit for ABC’s Monday Night Football. His partner at the time was Al Michaels. During his time at ABC, he was paid $5 million per year.

Madden later joined NBC Sports as a color analyst for Sunday Night NFL games in 2005.

In the 2006 season, he began broadcasting there.

Madden had a 476-weekend streak of consecutive television appearances until October 13, 2008.

He made history by becoming the first sportscaster to appear in the Super Bowl on all four of America’s major sports broadcasting networks.

Following that, he ended his illustrious broadcasting career.

In 2017, Madden returned to KCBS AM radio in San Francisco for his daily on-air conversation.

On the Westwood One radio network, he has also done sports commentary.

In the film Christine, Madden played the coach of an American football team during a television broadcast.

He also appeared in the sports comedy film Little Giants, which was released in 1994.

Madden appeared in the 2000 sports comedy film The Replacements as himself, broadcasting the movie’s imaginary games. Summerall, his co-star, was also cast in the role.

In his broadcasting days, Madden was the biggest star.

Large corporations such as Ace Hardware, Outback Steakhouse, Verizon Wireless, Toyota, and many others became aware of this and chose him for radio and television appearances.

In a 1982 episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Madden hosted Jennifer Holiday, a musical guest.

He appeared on The Simpsons in the episode “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday” in 1999.

Madden also appeared in the music videos for U2’s “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” and Paul Simon’s “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.” In two of them, he played football player.

Since 1988, his voice and name have been included in the Madden NFL football computer game series by Electronic Arts Sports (EA). The games have become so popular that they are even included on television shows.

Prior to his coaching and broadcasting careers, he is widely recognized as the game’s leading figure.

He is still a part of the series.

All-Madden is a football squad made up of players who share his philosophy of play. He founded the team in 1984 and has kept it going regardless of which sports network he works for.

Some of the editions include the All-Time All-Madden team from 2000 and the All-Madden Super Bowl team from 1997. NFL stars such as Howie Long, Dan Hampton, Walter Payton, and Bruce Smith have all been named to various All-Madden teams.

Madden has authored a number of books throughout his career. The New York Times best-seller list includes “Hey Wait a Minute, I published a book,” “One Size Doesn’t Fit All,” “One Knee Equals Two Feet,” and “All-Madden.”

Madden won Super Bowl XI with the Oakland Raiders during his coaching career. The Pro Football Hall of Fame (2006), California Hall of Fame (2009), Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (1991), and NSSA Hall of Fame have all inducted the 2002 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television winner (2010).

Madden has won an Emmy Award for outstanding sports personality (analyst) and outstanding technical team remote a total of sixteen times.

In 1984, the NSSA National Sportscaster of the Year was awarded to the 1970 AFL coach of the year.

Net Worth and Salary

John Madden’s net worth is $200 million as of 2022.

Madden has made a lot of money since he started his announcing career.

Despite earning a high income with the Oakland Raiders, sports networks such as ABC paid him more than $5 million every year.

He also had a four-year, $32 million agreement with Fox. In addition, in his final years at NBC, he earned $9.5 million per year.

Madden NFL received a $150 million contract from EA Sports.

The computer game has made $4 billion in revenue and pays Madden $2 million in royalties every year.

He also made money via endorsements with Toyota, Verizon, Tinactin, and other companies.

Facts of John Madden

Full Name John Earl Madden
Birth Date April 10, 1936
Birth Place Austin, Minnesota, U.S.A
Nick Name John Madden
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education Jefferson High School
Horoscope Aries
Father’s Name Earl Russel Madden
Mother’s Name Mary Margaret Madden
Age 85 years (at the time of his death)
Height 6’5″ (1.95 m)
Weight 95 kg (209 lbs)
Shoe Size Not available
Hair Color Gray
Eye Color Gray
Build Average
Relationship Married
Girlfriends No
Spouse Virginia Fields (m. 1959)
Children Two sons
Profession Sportscaster, NFL coach (former)
Net Worth $200 million
  • $9.5 million (in 2009)
  • $2 million (EA Sports)
Broadcasting Affiliations NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS
Social Media Twitter
Merch Autographs, Books
Last Update April 2022

Relationship Status

On December 26, 1959, John Madden married Virginia Fields. In Pismo Beach, California, the pair met in a pub.

Joseph and Michaels, their two kids, were born to them.

They have a lovely mansion in Pleasanton, California, where they live.

The boys’ father instilled in them a passion for football.

At Brown University, Joseph was a football player. Michaels began his football career as a receiver for Harvard University.

Body Measurement

John’s body dimensions are unknown.

Social Media

Madden’s social media handle is an unverified Twitter account.

Twitter has a total of 213,400 followers.

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  • John is a former American football coach who worked as a sportscaster and play-by-play commentator.
  • Becoming the coach with the most wins in Raider’s history, John retired from his coaching career in 1979.
  • Until October 13, 2008, Madden has a 476-weekend streak of consecutive appearances in broadcasting.
  • Madden’s final broadcasting job was the 2009’s Super Bowl XLII.
  • He became the first sportscaster to appear in the Super Bowl on all of the “big four” American sports broadcasting networks.
  • The video game has earned $4 billion and provides Madden a royalty sum of $2 million every year.