Monday, September 23
Updated: August 11, 3:24 PM ET
Legendary NFL broadcaster John Madden returns for his fourth season as expert analyst for "Monday Night Football." Madden, who is synonymous with NFL football for millions of fans nationwide, has an ability to explain the game's finer points with a unique sense of humor. He came to MNF in 2002 after 21 seasons as game analyst for CBS and Fox.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has honored Madden with an unprecedented 14 Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst Emmy Awards, the most recent in recognition for his work during the 2003 season. In all, he has been nominated for a record 16 Emmy Awards. In addition the American Sportscasters Association named him Sports Personality of the Year in 1985 and 1992, and in 1982 Madden became the first NFL analyst to receive the Touchdown Club of America's prestigious Golden Mike Award.
Prior to joining the broadcasting ranks, Madden had an outstanding career as head coach of the NFL's Oakland Raiders. He guided the Raiders to an overall record of 103-32-7, leading the team to seven AFC Western Division titles and a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. His winning percentage (.750) is the best of any head coach in NFL history.
A linebacker coach when he began his NFL coaching career with Oakland in 1967, Madden became the head coach in 1969, at age 33, the youngest head coach in the American Football League. He retired in 1979 and started his football-broadcasting career at CBS in 1980.
Before coaching in Oakland, Madden was the defensive coordinator at San Diego State, from 1964-1966, where the Aztecs were ranked first among small colleges with a 26-4 record. From 1960-1964 he coached at Hancock Junior College in Santa Maria, California.
Madden started on both offense and defense as a player for California Polytechnic College at San Luis Obispo in 1957 and 1958, and was voted to the All-Conference team. He was also a catcher on the school's baseball team. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959 and a Master of Arts degree in 1961, both from Cal Poly. The Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the 21st round of the 1958 NFL draft, but a knee injury in his rookie season prematurely ended his career.
Madden is also the author of several books. His latest effort is a cookbook entitled "John Madden's Ultimate Tailgating," released in 1998. His first four books - "Hey Wait a Minute, I wrote a Book," "One Knee Equals Two Feet (and Everything Else You Wanted To Know About Football)," "One Size Doesn't Fit All" and "All Madden," each written with New York Times sports columnist Dave Anderson, all reached the New York Times best-seller list.
Born April 10, 1936 in Austin, Minnesota, Madden was raised in Daly City, California. He now resides in Pleasanton, California, with his wife, Virginia. The couple has two sons.