In just the past 10 minutes, I got an e-mail from NBC informing me that legendary NFL broadcaster John Madden is retiring.
Madden, 73, a former Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders who had broadcast NFL games for ABC and CBS before going over to NBC, released this statement:
"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...
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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."
No word on who will replace Madden in the broadcast booth.