John Madden, one of the most ubiquitous names in soccer for the past six decades, died Tuesday at the age of 85.
He is best known by a generation as the voice of the popular “Madden NFL” video game franchise, but Madden also made a huge impact as a coach and Hall of Fame announcer. After serving as the Raiders head coach for 10 seasons (1969-1978), a career that included a victory in Super Bowl XI, Madden became known for his use of the telestrator and his ability to bring Everyman’s sensibility to life. the transmission booth.
One thing about Madden as a broadcaster was how personable he was while retaining the seriousness that comes from being a championship-winning coach. clearly from a time when coaches were viewed more as teachers than CEOs.
– bomani (@bomani_jones) December 29, 2021
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Soccer fans loved the sound of the famous “Boom!” From Madden. calls during NFL games, but dropped many other gems throughout his life. And many of them had nothing to do with football.
These are some of the best quotes of Madden’s career.
1. John Madden on cubes
“The bucket, that’s how big it is. Third year in the league. Then you ask questions like, ‘Is he married?’
And it’s like, ‘Yeah, bucket is married.’
Do you have family?
‘Yes, I have a baby bucket’
And then he brought the ice because we are in California.
Family “- John Madden pic.twitter.com/HAjLy1FGLv
– David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) December 29, 2021
Madden, along with announcer Pat Summerall, were calling for a game in the 1980s near the advent of the Gatorade shower. The tradition was three years old and a third cube had been added to a team’s sideline. That led Madden to refer to the three cubes as a family and diagram which cube would be poured into which player.
2. John Madden on Troy Aikman’s (lack of) facial hair
Aikman had been a few years in his career at this point, but that didn’t stop him from being subjected to some pranks from Madden. In particular, Madden poked fun at Aikman’s inability to grow a beard and helped him by drawing one on his face during the broadcast.
3. John Madden on this mistake
Madden was a master in personification. During a game where a bug landed on camera, Madden took the time to pay tribute to the bug and gave us a glimpse of what the bug might have been thinking.
4. John Madden on body heat
When I watched old NFL games on YouTube out of boredom last summer, I ended up stumbling across some amazing clips and quotes from John Madden.
He was constantly entertaining and also constantly insightful.
RIP to legend. pic.twitter.com/7Fef78ppMt
– Nate Tice (@Nate_Tice) December 29, 2021
Always a teacher, Madden didn’t just impart footballing wisdom to the watching public. He also gave fans a biology lesson, letting them know how heat escapes from the body after former Cowboys guard Nate Newton removed his helmet.
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5. John Madden at the turducken
John Madden was a legend of the coach, but he was also a genius as a commentator.
I can’t imagine how many people became fans of the NFL because he made it more entertaining.
Thanksgiving as a child was even more fun thanks to his energy, creativity and love of the game.pic.twitter.com/hhIID8G0YB
– Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 29, 2021
Madden helped start the tradition of NFL players being awarded turkey feet after performing well in Thanksgiving games. But it’s clear where Madden’s true avian passions were: the turducken, a combination of turkey, chicken, and duck.
6. John Madden on Tom Brady
Playing in Super Bowl XXXVI, Tom Brady led the Patriots in a late series against the Rams. Brady put the Pats at field goal range, and Adam Vinatieri delivered the kick to give New England a 20-17 victory. It was Brady’s first Super Bowl victory, and his heroism drew high praise from Madden.
7. John Madden on being a Packers fan
“I think to be a Packer fan you have to be willing to put things in your head. If you love the Packers and you want to show them that you love the Packers, put things in your head. ” #Maddenisms
– JA Adande (@jadande) January 8, 2020
ESPN contributor JA Adande compiled a thread of some of his favorite “Maddenisms” over the years, and while there are plenty of great options, Madden’s thoughts on Green Bay certainly stand out.
8. John Madden on how to train
“A coach is just a kid whose best class in elementary school was recess and whose best class in high school was PE. I never thought he was anything other than a kid whose best class was PE” – John Madden
– 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐬𝐨𝐧 (@JRGrayson) December 29, 2021
Madden never took himself too seriously. This is the perfect example of how you could be hilariously self-deprecating.
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9. John Madden and Pat Summerall in ‘The Replacements’
In addition to his broadcasting career, Madden also excelled as an actor and had roles in several soccer-related films, including “The Replacements.” It may not be a singular date, but this exchange is too good not to share.
10. John Madden on his fear of flying
Madden, who notoriously hated flying, opted to travel the country by bus. Madden noted that traveling by bus, in addition to helping him with his claustrophobia, allowed him to slow down and really see more.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.