Yeah, me too. He wasn't just the voice of my childhood on Sundays, I can hear that voice and think about those Sundays watching football with my father, who passed 11 years ago last week. So many great memories I had with my father, had John Madden in the background. RIP Coach. Watching him do games and then Berman on ESPN doing Primetime after the games was my church, after we went to church.This is hitting me harder than I would've expected. Sounds like a cliche, but he really was the voice of my childhood Sundays in the 80s. RIP
I read a story once that he thought of it as a football learning tool so he wouldn’t agree to the release until they got all of the strategy right. So, he is literally responsible for teaching football to millions.Rest In Peace. I grew up playing Madden. Without it, I might have no clue how football works or watch it at all. He’s probably influenced millions of young people throughout the years via the game to have an interest in it.
Madden lost five AFL/AFC Championship Games to teams that went on to win the Super Bowl. And the Immaculate Reception was one of the flukiest plays in history. The Raiders had the Steelers beat. Madden could have won 2-3 Super Bowls with a little more luck.His legacy as a coach would look a lot different without the 70’s Steelers in his way.
Came here just for this. It is the defining call of my sports life. That, and “Stabbed by Foulke,” but the Pats Super Bowl was bigger for me because of where I was in my life. His voice is football to me, and the video games were obviously a staple of
Beyond likability, Madden was an announcer for almost 30 years and was the face and namesake for one of the most popular video game franchises of all time. They aren't in the same universe as far as name recognition. Parcells is nothing more than a HOF head coach, Madden is arguably the most famous NFL (non-player) personality of all time.Madden was beloved ... no one disliked him. Parcells isn't near the same class
Madden had the best winning percentage of any head coach in the last 90 years (.759). Better than Lombardi, Belichick, etc.Madden lost four AFC Championship Games to teams that went on to win the Super Bowl. And the Immaculate Reception was one of the flukiest plays in history. The Raiders had the Steelers beat. Madden could have won 2-3 Super Bowls with a little more luck.
“What Tom Brady did just gave me goosebumps.” Will always remember that.Came here just for this. It is the defining call of my sports life. That, and “Stabbed by Foulke,” but the Pats Super Bowl was bigger for me because of where I was in my life. His voice is football to me, and the video games were obviously a staple of
My childhood. Ugh, fuck 2021.
Hey, that was us! Growing up in Connecticut, my brother and I were huge Red Sox and Giants fans. It should be noted that the Giants were bad back then but that the Pats were worse....I'm that odd combination you can get in Connecticut: a Red Sox fan and a Giants fan. The Giants always stunk when I was a kid. John Madden was partnered with Pat Summerall on CBS' top team in Lawrence Taylor's rookie year. It's impossible to think of LT and Phil Simms without hearing the voices of Pat and John.
Rest in peace.
Watching that now, twenty years later, and you can see how much Madden and Summerall let the game do the majority of the talking- they are adding analysis, but only what is needed, nothing more. It seems starkly different from what we have now.