It’s not exactly a video game story, but John Madden has announced his retirement from broadcasting televised NFL games.
NBC Sports broke the news this morning. In a statement, Madden explained his reasons for making the move:
It’s time. I’m 73 years old. My 50th wedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons and their families and my five grandchildren are at an age now when they know when I’m home and, more importantly, when I’m not…
It’s been such a great ride… the NFL has been my life for more than 40 years, it has been my passion – it still is… I still love every part of it – the travel, the practices, the game film, the games, seeing old friends and meeting new people… but I know this is the right time.
Inside Bay Area reports that Madden will continue to do a local radio show on KCBS.
It is unknown how – or whether – the legendary coach and broadcaster’s retirement will affect the best-selling Madden NFL video game.