When Hall of Fame coach and broadcasting legend John Madden announced his retirement Thursday, pundits and fans alike wondered how long he could stay out of football.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday that Madden had to address rumors he would reunite with Al Davis in Oakland this season as a Raiders team consultant:
- “No,” Madden said on his daily appearance on KCBS radio Friday. “I have too much respect for the game and for Al to think that I can do anything. The way the game is today, that’s a 20-hour a day job. You can’t go in part-time or just stick your toe in the water to be a part of a pro football team. You either do it or you don’t.”
Madden coached the Raiders from 1969 to 1978 and led the team to a Super Bowl XI victory over the Vikings. He began his broadcasting career in 1979 and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.