Coach John Madden

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on May 25, 2003
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John Madden is a high-profile personality in the National Football world. What's his background?
—Gil K., Illinois

The analyst for Monday Night Football was born in Austin, Minn., and grew up in Daly City, Calif. He and his wife, Virginia, now live in Pleasanton, Calif. They have two sons. Madden, 67, started on both the offensive and defensive lines as a player for California Polytechnic College in 1957 and 1958, where he was also a catcher on the school's baseball team. The Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the 21st round of the 1958 NFL draft, but a knee injury in his rookie season ended his career. Madden refuses to fly and travels from game to game in a custom-made bus called the "Madden Cruiser." He spent 21 seasons as a game analyst for CBS and Fox, earning 13 Emmy Awards for outstanding sports personality/analyst. Before that, as head coach of the NFL's Oakland Raiders, he guided the Raiders to an overall record of 103-32-7, leading the team to seven AFC Western Division titles and a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. His winning percentage (.750) is the best of any head coach in NFL history. He is the author of several books.