John Madden

Moby ID: 7073

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John Madden was born on April 10, 1936 in Austin, Minnesota and was raised in California. In 1957 and 1958, he was both an offensive and defensive tackle at California Polytechnic College and a catcher on the baseball team. He received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree and was picked by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 21st round of the 1958 NFL draft. His playing career ended rather quickly though, as he suffered a knee injury during his first year.

Madden then moved to coaching, and was the head coach of Hancock Junior College in Santa Maria, California from 1960 to 1964. He then moved on to be the defensive coordinator of the San Diego State Aztecs until 1966, when he became a linebacker coach with the Oakland Raiders. He moved into the head coaching position in 1969 and led the Raiders to seven AFC Western Division titles and one Super Bowl victory, with a record of 103-32-7. His 75% winning percentage ranks second among coaches in the history of the NFL, behind only Guy Chamberlin.

Madden retired in 1979 and joined CBS as a football broadcaster the next year. He spent 29 years as an analyst and was named Sports Personality of the Year by the American Sportscasters Association three times along with winning 16 Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst Emmy Awards. After 14 years at CBS, he spent 8 years at Fox, followed by 4 years with ABC as an analyst on Monday Night Football, and finished his career at NBC where he spent 3 years as an analyst for Sunday Night Football. The 2006 Pro Football Hall of Famer passed away December 28, 2021 at 85 years old.

Now let’s move on to the part most of you have been waiting for, the video games. Legend has it that, in the mid 80’s, EA CEO Trip Hawkins (who later left the company to form the now-bankrupt 3DO) approached Madden in a parking lot after a game to try and sell the concept for Madden NFL Football. Hawkins succeeded and the first game was released on the Apple II in 1989.

Before Madden NFL Football came around, sports games were in a pretty sorry shape. The leagues weren’t willing to license games, so most featured no-name players and generic titles, as the majority of players and celebrities didn’t really care about video games. They were mostly one-time shots as well; the idea of selling what was essentially the same game to a consumer each year was preposterous. (Obviously, developers had more respect for gamers’ intelligence back then.) Madden changed all that and established one of the longest running franchises in gaming history.

Previously, John Madden also advertised the Atari 2600 games Wizard of Wor and GORF.

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Madden NFL 24 (2023, Windows) The Mark "John Madden" and the name likeness and other attributes of John Madden reproduced on this product are trademarks or other intellectual property of
Madden NFL 21 (2020, Windows) The mark "John Madden"
Madden NFL 21 Mobile (2020, Android) Design and Inspiration
Madden NFL 20 (2019, Windows) John Madden
Madden NFL 18 (2017, PlayStation 4) The mark "John Madden" and the name, likeness and other attributes of
Madden NFL 17 (2016, PlayStation 4) Design and Inspiration
Madden NFL Mobile (2014, Android) Special Thanks
Madden NFL 25 (2013, Xbox 360) Design & Inspiration
Madden NFL 12 (2011, Xbox 360) Design & Inspiration
Madden NFL 12 (2011, Wii) John Madden
Madden NFL Football (2011, Nintendo 3DS) Design & Inspiration
Madden NFL 11 (2010, PSP) Design & Inspiration
Madden NFL 2002 (2001, Nintendo 64) Strategy & Color Commentary
Madden NFL 2002 (2001, Windows) Strategy & Color Commentary
Madden NFL 2002 (2001, PlayStation 2) Strategy & Color Commentary
Madden NFL 2001 (2000, Nintendo 64) Color Commentary
Madden NFL 2000 (1999, Windows) Strategy and Game Design
Madden NFL 99 (1998, Nintendo 64) Strategy and Play Design
Madden NFL 98 (1997, Windows) Design
Madden NFL 98 (1997, SNES) Strategy

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