John Madden has laid a blueprint of broadcasting excellence for all who leave the game to become an analyst on the landscape of mass media.
His simple explanations of complicated Xs and Os introduced the game to millions across several generations. When asked at the scouting combine who he would want to call his games in the NFL, Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis said he wanted to TiVO the game where he would sack the quarterback, then go home to watch and hear Madden and Al Michaels call his name. Sirius NFL Radio host Adam Schein called Madden, “The greatest game announcer in the history of sports broadcasting.”
He said so much while using so few words. Madden’s telestrator is now commonplace in every NFL broadcast booth. From this vantage point, Madden stands as a one-man Mount Rushmore for all aspiring game analysts.
— Solomon Wilcots