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NFL broadcaster Madden retires after 30 years

Veteran football broadcaster John Madden, the longtime face and voice of NFL football coverage, is retiring.

"It's time," Madden said in a statement. "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."

During a 30-year career, the former Oakland Raiders coach served as an analyst on all four major broadcast networks, winning 18 Emmys. He most recently called games for NBC on "Sunday Night Football," where he worked since 2006.

NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol said Cris Collinsworth has been named Madden's successor in the broadcast booth and sought to reassure fans the decision was entirely up to Madden. Ebersol said Madden turned down an offer to work fewer games next season.

"I spent all day in the Bay Area yesterday with John and tried every way I could to make sure he was sure about his decision," Ebersol said. "In true John Madden fashion, he was sure. He said it best when he simply said, 'It's time' … and I admire him for that. We will sorely miss him because he was the most fun guy ever to just hang out with."

ESPN and ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer also was effusive.

"John Madden is a true legend and Hall of Famer who has put his imprint on the NFL in so many ways as a coach, broadcaster, ambassador and as the face of the popular video game that bears his name," he said. "We thank him for the years he spent on 'Monday Night Football,' and I personally thank him for his friendship."

Madden's legacy extended to younger generations with "Madden NFL Football," the best-selling sports video game of all time.

The final game he called was the nail-biting Super Bowl XLIII on NBC, the 11th title game he broadcast. (partialdiff)
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