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Madden with Susan Collins in December 2007

John Earl Madden (born April 10, 1936) is a former American football player, broadcaster, and commentator who was the coach of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) for 10 years, and after retiring from coaching became a well-known color commentator for NFL telecasts. He never had a losing season. As head coach his teams won seven division titles and one Super Bowl. He has used his commentary on many football games, including the long-running ''Madden NFL'' video football games since 1988. He is also known for his award-winning play, "The Bootleg." Madden has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Madden worked as a color analyst for all four major networks: CBS (1979–1993), Fox (1994–2001), ABC (2002–2005), and NBC (2006–2009).

Madden has also written several books and has served as a commercial pitchman for various products and retailers. He retired from broadcasting on April 16, 2009 to spend more time with his family.

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