Madden to retire

NBC Sports is reporting that legendary broadcaster John Madden is retiring.

Madden has served as the game analyst for NBC Sunday Night Football since 2006. Madden has been an NFL broadcaster for 30 years, winning 16 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Analyst/Personality. His final game for NBC was Super Bowl XLIII — the 11th Super Bowl Madden has broadcast.

Madden issued the following statement today:

“It’s time. I’m 73 years old. My 50th wedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons and their families and my five grandchildren are at an age now when they know when I’m home and, more importantly, when I’m not …

It’s been such a great ride … the NFL has been my life for more than 40 years, it has been my passion — it still is. I appreciate all of the people who are and were such an important part of the most enjoyable, most fun anyone could have … that great life with the teams, the players, the coaches, the owners, the League … my broadcasting partners Pat and Al … the production people and the fans … is still great … it’s still fun and that’s what it makes it hard and that’s why it took me a few months to make a decision.

I still love every part of it — the travel, the practices, the game film, the games, seeing old friends and meeting new people… but I know this is the right time.”

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