He hasn’t coached in the NFL since 1978. He hasn’t called an NFL game from the broadcast booth since the end of the 2008 season. Yet his name is synonymous with pro football.
John Madden, the Hall of Fame coach for the Oakland Raiders, is 84 now. He has made his home in California since his retirement from the booth after Super Bowl XLIII as his name lives on through the game he had a hand in creating and lent his name to in 1988. Since then, it has spanned from computer game to video game. From single-player options to nationwide tournaments and in-depth modes helping to teach generations of future players and coaches parts of the game at an early age.
As the video game takes over the Pro Bowl this week — the NFL’s all-star game will be played virtually by NFL players and celebrities led by Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler…