NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol announced today that John Madden is retiring from broadcasting. In addition to making Frank Caliendo's comedy act immediately slightly less relevant, Madden's departure marks the end of a long and illustrious career.
Along the way he became the face of one of the world's most popular video games, made the word "turducken" socially acceptable and stated the obvious with his own brand of analysis.
"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...
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.
I still love every part of it - the travel, the practices, the game film, the games, seeing old friends and meeting new people... but I know this is the right time."
Admittedly, Madden was far from my favorite broadcaster. His style was too rambling and disjointed for my personal tastes. But, there's absolutely no denying that he's been a big part of tuning into games during his tenure -- and a truly unique companion to share a game with.
For that, it's sad to see him go.
How will you remember him?