John Madden

Active - 1982 - 2015  |   Born - Apr 10, 1936 in Austin, Minnesota, United States  |   Genres - Sports & Recreation, Comedy, Children's/Family, Culture & Society, Drama

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A former player and highly successful coach, sports announcer John Madden is best known for his work on broadcasts of National Football League games.

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  • Was a 21st-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958.
  • Became the youngest coach in the history of the AFL in 1969 at the age of 33.
  • Signed a four-year broadcast contract in 1994 for $32 million, more than any NFL player was making at the time.
  • Dislikes flying so much that he travels the country in the Madden Cruiser, an $800,000 fully equipped bus, complete with kitchen, queen bed, office and sauna (the vehicle is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse). 
  • Has authored five books that have made the New York Times best-seller list.
  • Appeared in the music video for U2's "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of."
  • Lends his name to a best-selling NFL video game.
  • Named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.