John Madden, the former broadcaster and coach for NFL, is worth a $200 million as of 2018. The 81-year-old Madden, who began his career as an assistant coach is known to be one of the best coaches of the Oakland Riders. As a commentator, Madden earned at least $5 million annually apart from earning in millions from his endorsements.
John Madden was born in Austin, Minnesota, raised in Daly City, California. He attended school at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and then Jefferson High School. Madden is married to Virginia fields, and the couple has two sons, Joseph and Michael, both of whom are excellent football players in their respective colleges.
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The End before the Beginning
John Madden attended Grays Harbour College, College of San Mateo and Cal Poly. A football player from his high school, Madden continued to play in his college and was drafted by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1958. However, a knee injury in his training camp marked an end to his playing career even before he could start playing professionally.
Madden meshed his love for football with teaching and became an assistant coach at Allan Hancock College in 1960. He was later hired as a defensive assistant coach at San Diego State, where he served for three years.
In 1967, Madden got hired as linebackers coach for the AFL’s Oakland Raiders and became Raiders’ head coach within the next two years. John retired in the year 1978 and worked as a commentator on NFL games for over 30 decades. He worked for all the four major networks: CBS (1979-1993), Fox (1994-2001), ABC (2002-2005) and NBC (2006-2009), and retired in 2009.
Madden was the youngest coach to reach 100 regular season victories. He continues to remain the best coach of Raiders for highest wins.
Over the span of his career, Madden has earned a lot of accolades including Super Bowl IX Winner, Pro-Football Hall of Fame, California Hall of Fame and 16-time Emmy Award Winner.
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John Madden has authored various books on football, and also non-fictional books including One Knee equals two feet: (And Everything else you need to know about Football), One Size doesn’t fit all, The First book of Football and Hey, Wait a minute, I wrote a book.
Films and Video Games
John Madden has made a short appearance in some movies and music videos including Christine, Little Giants, The Replacements, and Paul Simon’s single Me and Julio down by the School Yard. In 1982, he hosted an episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live with the guest Jennifer Holiday.
He has lent his voice to the Madden NFL series of Football games, published by EA sports since 1988.
John Madden Net Worth
The former broadcaster and coach for NFL, John Madden’s worth today is $200. His primary earning is from his broadcasting. Madden, is not just a name, but the brand. He entered into a $150 million deal with EA sports to lend his voice and personality. He also earns $2 million as royalty.
John Madden received around $5 million per year as a commentator.
House and Cars
John Madden, along with his wife, currently resides in his mansion in Pleasanton, California.
To reduce the travel to studios, Madden built Goal Line Productions in Pleasanton, California.
In 1960, The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo team plane crashed, killing 22 people, most of them Madden’s teammates from the prior season. In 1979, from the flight out of Tampa, Madden had a panic attack and has never flown since then, because of which he owns a personalised 45 –foot, $800,000 luxurious SUV.
The bus is quite spacious with a private bathroom, kitchen, dining area; queen sized bed and comfortable couch. He travels between countries in this bus.
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He has made a deal with Electronic Arts (EA) for a lifetime rights contract which gives EA the right to use his name for video game franchise.
John Madden has made his appearance in numerous Radio and TV commercials including Ace Hardware, Outback Steakhouse, Media Deals Verizon Wireless, Rent-A-Center, Miller Lite, Toyota, Sirius Satellite Radio and Tinactin.
John Madden is indeed one of the best football coaches out there. Though he was many times stopped from becoming a professional player, he continued to follow his passion. John has also been an excellent entertainer for almost thirty years as colour commentator and grew incredibly famous for his commenting styles by using words such as “Boom!”, “Whap!”, “Bang” and “Doink”. Even now, at the age of 81, he serves a co-chair of the NFL’s player safety advisory panel, Chair of the coaches subcommittee to the competition committee. No wonder Madden has been recognised as one of the best coaches!
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