John Madden, legendary football coach, broadcaster and namesake of the Madden NFL series of video games, has announced his retirement from sportscasting after decades in the business. He started calling games in 1979 and the last Super Bowl was Madden's swan-song.
While NBC will replace Madden with Cris Collinsworth on-air, we wondered whether Madden's retirement would affect the video game football franchise that has born his name since the 80s.
EA Sports president Peter Moore sent us the following statement:
“John is a true sports icon who has made an indelible impact on the sport of football which will be felt forever. His prolific coaching and broadcasting careers, as well as his distinct role in shaping the EA SPORTS football experience have redefined how multiple generations have come to know and love the sport with unrivaled passion. We’re excited to see his legacy live on in the 21st year of Madden NFL football, and well beyond. It’s been a privilege for EA SPORTS to have had the strong relationship we’ve had with John for more than two decades and one that will continue into the future."
So it looks like John Madden will continue to be involved with the franchise, which is good news: Collinsworth NFL '10 just doesn't work, somehow. Happy trails, John Madden. Enjoy a turducken for us.