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John Madden Calls it Quits: The Audience Loses its Voice

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

John Madden transcended football, the sport he coached and later covered.  There has never been a sports announcer quite like him.  He was an American sports original. 

Madden never talked over our heads.  He would hit us at eye level with small, punchy, syntax-challenged words, pictures, and insights.  He said it, we got it.

John Madden talked about football in a way that everyone could understand.  Along with the fine points of team strategy, he also pointed out the silly, inane little things that go on in games that other announcers would never dare mention.  He often said what we were thinking.

While he wasn’t a comedian, he had a comic’s timing.  We...

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