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Raiders vs. Packers: Q&A with Silver and Black Pride Marcus Allen Krause of SB Nation's Oakland Raiders blog Silver and Black Pride answers our questions about Oakland's quarterback situation, Reggie McKenzie's comparing Khalil Mack to Packers' linebacker Clay Matthews, and what he expects from Raiders vs. Packers. Tomorrow, the Packers face off against Oakland Raiders in the team's third preseason game. Marcus Allen Krause of Silver and Black ...

Raiders visit to Green Bay will be difficult dress rehearsal Oakland Raiders haven't shined on offense or defense in their first two exhibitions, but a good performance against the Packers at Lambeau Field would be a strong confidence boost for the Silver and Black.

Raiders vs. Packers, Preseason 2014: Complete Coverage All of our coverage of Friday night's preseason game between the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers can be found here. Since there are several Green Bay-Oakland connections in Friday's upcoming preseason matchup between the Packers and Raiders, we at Acme Packing Company and SB Nation's Raiders blog, Silver and Black Pride, thought it would be fun to have a few different versions of Q&A posts ...

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W2W4: Oakland Raiders The Oakland Raiders (1-1) and the Green Bay Packers (1-1) play in the third preseason game Friday night at 8 p.m. ET at Lambeau Field. Three things to watch: 1. Matt Schaub: Schaub has not looked good in two preseason games. This is a crucial game for him. The third preseason game is the game the starters play well into the third quarter. Schaub has to show the Raiders they can have confidence ...

Raiders to sit Carr for game against Packers The Oakland Raiders are being cautious with rookie quarterback Derek Carr, choosing to sit him for Friday night's preseason game at Green Bay Packers, coach Dennis Allen told the NFL Network.

NFL Preseason Week 3: Primetime Games on this Weekend The action starts Friday night, as the Oakland Raiders will face the Green Bay Packers. Following that game, the Chicago Bears visit the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

Forbes: Raiders worth $970 million The Oakland Raiders are one of seven NFL teams worth less than $1 billion in Forbes Magazine’s annual NFL financial value rankings. According to the magazine, the Raiders are worth $970 million. There are four NFL teams ranked less. But $970 million? Sounds pretty good to me, whether it's the low-end of the league are not. Of course, Oakland owner Mark Davis would like to see that total increase ...

Raiders FB Reece's injury not as bad as feared Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece escaped a scare when an injury to his right foot was not as significant as initially feared and he expects to be at full strength when the season opens next month. Reece was a full participant at practice on Wednesday, two days after undergoing an MRI on the foot he injured during last week's preseason game against Detroit. Reece would not disclose the ...

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John Madden
 John Earl Madden

"I'm not a journalist, I'm not an actor. I'm a football coach doing television. It's fun. It's my life, my passion. I'll do it as long as I can."
-John Madden

Born on the 10th of April 1936 in Austin, Minnesota, John Madden moved to Daly City, California with his family at an early age. He was always an avid athlete and sports enthusiast as a child, playing several sports throughout high school. At California Polytechnic College, Madden played on both the offensive and defensive lines for its football team and was a catcher for the school's baseball team.

In terms of schooling, Madden received his Bachelor of Science diploma in 1959 and followed it up with a Master of Arts degree in 1961, both from California Polytechnic. It was his athletics, however, that showed the most promise career-wise. Madden entered the NFL draft in 1958 and was picked 21st overall by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Unfortunately, the dream of performing on the professional level came crumbling down when he suffered a career-ending knee injury. Months of rehabilitation confirmed Madden's inability to play but, though his hopes were shattered, he immediately opened his mind to other job opportunities in football. In 1960, Madden began coaching at Hancock Junior College in Santa Maria, California.

After four years, he had learned the basic leadership and motivational tactics necessary to be a football coach. He went from high school to university coach, landing the defensive coordinator job at San Diego State in 1964. In the two seasons Madden stayed with San Diego State University, the Aztecs were 26-4 and ranked first among the small colleges in the country.

Despite this success, Madden could not pass up the next job offer that came his way. In 1967, he took the Oakland Raiders of the American Football Conference up on their offer to become linebacker coach. For another two seasons, he excelled in the role. In fact, Madden impressed the Raiders' top executives so much that when it came time to look for a new head coach in 1969, they did not hesitate to hire him.

With the new job, Madden became the youngest head coach in the American Football League, at 33 years old. He held the post for 10 successful seasons, creating a quasi-dynasty that included seven Western Division titles and a win in Super Bowl XI against the Minnesota Vikings.

In 1979, Madden retired, ending a great coaching run that saw him own the best winning percentage in NFL history at a mark of 0.750. Still young, he sought once again an alternative career in football. This time, it came in the form of television, as CBS hired Madden to be an analyst for the network's Sunday NFL games.

From the start, Madden was a natural in the broadcast booth. His knowledge of the game, and expressions like "Boom!" and "Wham!," made him a popular football figure. Soon, he garnered contracts for various products as well, becoming a spokesperson for Tinactin antifungal ointment, Ace Hardware and Outback Steakhouse. He moved from CBS to FOX and most recently began doing the Monday Night Football broadcasts on ABC, but the switch never changed a thing: Madden always draws fans wherever he works.

Madden has been recognized for his work, winning 13 Emmy Awards in his career (he has been nominated for 15) and taking home the esteemed Golden Mike Award from the Touchdown Club of America. The American Sportscasters Association twice named him Sports Personality of the Year (in 1985 and 1992) as well. However, it's not only awards that make him popular: after admitting that he has a fear of flying, Madden bought a tour bus to bring him to all the games he broadcasts. Now, his $800,000, 45-foot luxury coach, known as The Madden Cruiser, is a famous NFL symbol and a popular sight at each game.

Madden's impressive $40 million per year earnings do not all stem from broadcasting and commercials. He has authored and co-authored several football-related books, including the bestsellers John Madden's Ultimate Tailgating and One Size Doesn't Fit All. Madden has also lent his name to the ever-popular line of EA Sports football games, with each successive Madden NFL outselling the other.

Married for over 50 years and the father of two children, John Madden is a football icon who, with his Monday Night Football time slot, shows no signs of slowing down.

He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 4, 2006.

 


 

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