Richard Sandomir of the NEW YORK TIMES reports this morning that John Madden is retiring as an NFL TV game analyst.
(Collateral Damage: Frank Caliendo’s bookings to decline in 2009)
Madden, 73, started his career at CBS, before migrating to Fox, then ABC, and finally to NBC. NBC Sports President Dick Ebersol made the official announcement this morning.
Madden, who is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and coach the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory, might now be best known for his namesake NFL video game, which is produced by EA Sports.
Health was not given as a reason for Madden’s departure. At 73, it was a matter of time before he retired and based on his performance the last couple years, he made the right call to step aside gracefully.