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Raiders add Tice to coaching staff Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio continued to build his staff Friday, adding former Vikings head coach Mike Tice to the group.

Raiders hire 4 assistants for Del Rio's coaching staff The Oakland Raiders have officially hired four assistant coaches for new coach Jack Del Rio's staff. The team announced the hiring Friday of offensive line coach Mike Tice, defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson, linebackers coach Sal Sunseri and quarterbacks coach Todd Downing. Tice was offensive line coach in Atlanta last season. He worked under Del Rio for four years in Jacksonville and has ...

Why the Raiders Should Hire Mike Smith as a Defensive Coordinator Initially, it was good news to hear about the Oakland Raiders ' interest in interviewing former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith for the defensive coordinator position, per Ian Rapoport  of NFL .com: If you're aware of Smith's NFL track record, the news was quite invigorating considering the Raiders' young, developing defensive front. Dianna Marie Russini of NBC4 Washington  followed up ...

Raiders OC plans to tailor run game to Latavius Murray Any questions about who the Oakland Raiders lead back will be in 2015 were dashed Tuesday when new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said he wanted to tailor the running game to Latavius Murray's skill set.

Unfamiliar Raiders' Coaching Staff Provides Growth Opportunity for Derek Carr No player is more important to the Oakland Raiders ' success in 2015 than quarterback Derek Carr. Nearly everything the Raiders do this offseason revolves around the second-year quarterback out of Fresno State—from coaching staff changes to the draft. Owner Mark Davis said he originally wanted to hire an offensive-minded head coach before Jack Del Rio proved he also knew offense. The Raiders ...

Sources: Sparano off to Niners as TE coach Former Oakland Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano won't be moving far for his next job, as he has been hired by the San Francisco 49ers to be the team's new tight end coach, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Oakland Raiders hire Del Rio as head coach Jack Del Rio is an NFL head coach again.

Oakland Raiders DC Search: Latest Rumors and Speculation on Vacant Position It seems the Oakland Raiders are rebuilding every few years. The 2015 NFL season will be no exception, as new head coach Jack Del Rio will be tasked with turning the organization around.    One of the most important hires in that process will be finding an excellent defensive coordinator. And it appears Del Rio might be honing in on a familiar face to undertake the role, per Ian Rapoport of NFL ...

Reports: Oakland Raiders hire Jack Del Rio as new head coach Reports: Oakland Raiders hire Jack Del Rio as new head coach

Raiders close to signing 1-year lease extension at Coliseum The Oakland Raiders are close to signing a one-year extension to remain at the Coliseum for the 2015 season. Owner Mark Davis said Friday that an agreement has been reached and is just awaiting formal approval from the city, county and NFL before the team can officially sign it.

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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