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Oakland Raiders Need to Stay Away from Champ Bailey It's easy to fall in love with a player whose name is "Champ," especially a Champ whose 16-year career has more than enough accomplishments to land him in Canton. But when that Champ is in his mid-30s, fresh off an injury-plagued season that made him tons of money, it seems as if he's a Champ who just isn't worth taking a chance on. The Denver Broncos said goodbye to cornerback Champ Bailey ...
Oakland Raiders Add Pressure During Free Agency by Not Tagging Houston, Veldheer The Oakland Raiders are less than a week away from two of their best players becoming unrestricted free agents. Defensive end Lamarr Houston and left tackle Jared Veldheer will both be able to start talking with other teams in just a few days, which could lead to their departures from the team. Although the Raiders still have an exclusive window to negotiate with Veldheer and Houston until March ...
Reggie McKenzie Chose This Path. Now It's Time to Deliver I've been a pretty stalwart defender of Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie since he took over as the man in charge of making the football decisions at Raiders headquarters. Over the course of his tenure, however, it's started to feel like those of us who believe in what McKenzie is doing in Oakland are the last, sad survivors of a once robust civilization that has been forgotten ...
Team Report - OAKLAND RAIDERS Raiders poised to land coveted QB - or top prospect
Raiders offer tender to Burnett Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) avoids a tackle by Oakland Raiders linebacker Kaelin Burnett (95) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Raiders 37-27.
Portland Raiders? Oregon NFL fans want it A group of football fans in Oregon want their governor to actively pursue bringing the NFL to the Portland area and have set their sights on the Oakland Raiders. “NFL to Oregon” recently posted a petition to Gov. John Kitzhaber on Change.org, asking the state to at least begin exploring the possibility. “Bringing an NFL team to Oregon would dramatically increase the footprint of this state ...
Oakland Raiders 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker What will the Oakland Raiders do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8. We said: With more than $65 million in cap space, and positions to fill all over the roster, the Raiders are in desperate need of true playmakers.
Oakland Raiders: Do's and Don'ts in First Round of 2014 NFL Draft Like Oakland, the teams picking in the top four have plenty of needs, so it is especially difficult to predict who will still be available when the Raiders are on the clock.
McShay Mock 3.0 reax: Raiders Sticking with the Oakland-needs-a-playmaker storyline, ESPN NFL Insider draft guru Todd McShay has unveiled his Mock Draft 3.0 and adhered to such thinking when it comes to the Oakland Raiders. McShay has the Raiders selecting Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins at No. 5 overall now, after having Oakland go with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in his second mock and selecting Central Florida ...
Raiders Re-Sign Offensive Lineman Khalif Barnes The Oakland Raiders re-signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes on Friday. The 6-foot-6, 321-pound former University of Washington player has spent five seasons with the Raiders after four with Jacksonville. He has made 46 starts in […]
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."
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.