BOOM! Surprise announcement from Madden

By Maya Golden - bio | email

NEW YORK (KLTV) - One of the broadcasting world's most recognizable voices is calling it quits.

NBC said Thursday that John Madden has decided to retire.

The 73-year-old Madden has been working for the past three seasons on NBC's Sunday night NFL game. His last telecast was the Super Bowl between Arizona and Pittsburgh.

Since he left coaching in 1979, the former Oakland Raiders coach has worked as an analyst for all four broadcast networks. His "Madden NFL Football" is the top-selling sports video game of all time.

Madden is reluctant to fly and often traveled to games in a specially-equipped bus. He said in a statement that he still loves all aspects of the job, "but I know this is the right time."

NBC announced Cris Collinsworth will succeed John Madden as the analyst in the NBC broadcast booth for Sunday night NFL game telecasts.

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