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How John Madden Democratized Football

Published by on April 17, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

I'll admit, I'm not a huge John Madden fan. I'd prefer to have Chris Collinsworth or Ron Jaworski calling games. However, my dislike for him as an announcer is the exact reason that makes him the best football announcer ever, he made the very complex, very simple.

He coined phrases like "in the box", and the "red zone," which to casual fans, explains why teams may run or pass the ball, and showed the emphasis coaches place on key parts of the field.

Thanksgiving football games became traditions in many households because he talked about about football in a way that engaged non-fans of the sport.

He democratized the sport by creating heroes (Brett Favre), legends (Joe Montana), that people could rela...

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