John Madden is in the Pro Football for his coaching career in the NFL and is also one of the most well known and beloved football commentators in history. Madden played college football at the College of San Mateo and also California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. He was drafted in the 21st round of the 1958 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles but failed to play in the NFL following a knee injury suffered during training camp. Madden turned to coaching and after stints at both the assistant and head coach level at schools like Buffalo State College, Allan Hancock College and San Diego State University, he moved onto the professional level as the linebackers coach of the Oakland Raiders in 1967. Madden then went on to become the head coach of the Raiders in 1969 and stayed with the team until retiring following the 1978 season. During his ten years in the league he compiled a 103-32-7 record for a winning percentage better than 76%.
Madden immediately transitioned into the broadcast booth the very next season and quickly became one of the most popular commentators on television. He has called football games for all four networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX).and has a style that is all his own. Because of his acclaim in the broadcast booth, John Madden has also appeared in a number of other productions, usually with a sports tie-in.
The non-announcing credits of John Madden:
Saturday Night Live – 2 episodes
P.K. and the Kid
The Simpsons – 1 episode
Arli$$ – 1 episode
Big Game XXVIII: Road Runner vs. Coyote
Big Gave XXIX: Bugs vs. Daffy
U2: The Best of 1999-2000
ABC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
Rebels of Oakland: The A’s, the Raiders, the ’70s