"It’s time. I’m 73 years old. My 50th wedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons and their families and my five grandchildren are at an age now when they know when I’m home and, more importantly, when I’m not..."While it's no secret that Madden's game analysis had declined dramatically in recent years ("If, uh, if uh, the quaterback throws the ball, and uh, and uh, the reciever catches it in the, in the, in the endzone, then that's gonna be, that, that, that's gonna be, that right there, that's gonna be, that, that, that right there, that, that's gonna be a touchdown."), I'll still miss him purely for nostalgic purposes.
“It’s been such a great ride… the NFL has been my life for more than 40 years, it has been my passion – it still is. I appreciate all of the people who are and were such an important part of the most enjoyable, most fun anyone could have… that great life with the teams, the players, the coaches, the owners, the League… my broadcasting partners Pat and Al… the production people and the fans…is still great… it’s still fun and that’s what it makes it hard and that’s why it took me a few months to make a decision."
Shortly after Madden announced his retirement, NBC has already pegged Cris Collinsworth to be his replacement in the booth for Sunday Night Football, which is a no-brainer decision. These days, most football announcers tend to fall into one of two categories: the unathletic suit who is a condescending douche above all else (I'm looking at you Joe Buck), and the ex-player who wasn't nearly as good as he seems to remember and will never hesitate to let you know what a horrible job the guys down on the field are doing. Collinsworth, a former wide receiver for the Bengals, somehow manages to avoid this pitfall, and for that reason he's become one of my favorite NFL guys now that his anti-49ers* biases have finally subsided. Anyway, again, a great choice by NBC.