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... 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 appreciate all of the people who are and were such an important part of the most enjoyable, most fun anyone could have... that great life with the teams, the players, the coaches, the owners, the League... my broadcasting partners Pat and Al... the production people and the fans...is still great... it's still fun and that's what it makes it hard and that's why it took me a few months to make a decision.
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.