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Oakland Raiders say owner met with San Antonio officials The Oakland Raiders have confirmed that owner Mark Davis recently met with city officials in San Antonio, but the team is mum on what was discussed.

Raiders WR Streater bounces back from concussion Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater made a quick recovery from the concussion he suffered early in training camp and is expected to be cleared for full contact for Thursday's practice. Streater didn't participate in any team work Wednesday and was limited to light duty wearing shorts and shoulder pads while the rest of the team worked out in full gear. Many players need a full week to ...

Oakland Raiders Should Not Move To San Antonio Could the Oakland Raiders become the San Antonio Raiders? The San Antonio Express News reported yesterday the team is considering such a .

Oakland Raiders Confirm Talks with San Antonio Officials The Oakland Raiders have been in discussions with San Antonio officials on possibly moving the team to Texas. Josh Baugh and Tom Osborn of The San Antonio Express-News reports Raiders owner Mark...

Bergstrom adding center to his resume Tony Bergstrom already has a place in Oakland Raiders history as the first draft pick of the post-Al Davis era. Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie made upgrading the line a priority in the offseason and signed veterans Donald Penn, Austin Howard and Kevin Boothe to fill in the gaps. Bergstrom, a third-round pick in 2012, was viewed as a valued backup capable of playing tackle and guard ...

Oakland Raiders owner says he has talked with San Antonio Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas.

Oakland Raiders owner in talks with SA to relocate NFL team SAN ANTONIO â Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and two top lieutenants met recently with several San Antonio officials to discuss the potential of moving his NFL team from the Bay Area to the Alamo City, sources familiar with the matter have confirmed. ...

Hall of Fame profile: Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 gets inducted on Saturday. Shutdown Corner will profile the seven new Hall of Famers this week, looking at each of their careers and their impact on the game.

Oakland mayor says she is not concerned about Raiders look at San Antonio Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Wednesday that she's not concerned about reports that Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis recently met with San Antonio officials to discuss the possibility of moving the football team there.

Jerry Jones not too worried about Raiders’ San Antonio flirtation OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to...

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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