Timeline of John Madden's life and career

April 10, 1936

Born in Austin, Minn.


Two-way starter at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.


Philadelphia Eagles draft him as ?future? in 21st round of NFL draft.


Knee injury ends his rookie season with Eagles, and his career.

Dec. 1959

Marries Virginia.


Hired as football coach at Hancock Junior College in Santa Maria.


Earns master?s degree at Cal Poly.


Becomes defensive coordinator at San Diego State.


Al Davis hires him as Raiders linebackers coach.


Promoted to head coach after John Rauch leaves for Buffalo. At 33, Madden is youngest coach in history of American Football League. He?ll be named AFL coach of the year after guiding Raiders to 12-1-1 record.

Jan. 9, 1977

Raiders beat Vikings 32-14 in Super Bowl XI, giving Madden his only championship as a coach.


Citing fatigue, steps down as Raiders coach after 10 seasons. Enters broadcasting with CBS later that year.

Nov. 26, 1979

Feeling claustrophobic on flight home from Tampa, he gets off plane during connection in Houston and never flies again.


Becomes first NFL analyst to win Golden Mike Award from Touchdown Club of America.


Named Sports Personality of the Year for first time by American Sportscasters Association; he?ll win again in 1992.


EA Sports releases first edition of ?Madden NFL Football? video game.


Moves to FOX network.


Joins ?Monday Night Football? crew on ABC.


Becomes the first sports broadcaster to work for all four major networks as ?Sunday Night Football? moves to NBC.

Aug. 5, 2006

Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame. Al Davis introduces him in Canton, Ohio.

Feb. 1, 2009

Calls his final NFL game, Pittsburgh?s last-second victory over Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII ? his 11th Super Bowl as commentator.

April 16, 2009

Announces his retirement from TV work.

April 17, 2009

Frank Caliendo announces his retirement from stand-up comedy.

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