"Sunday Night Football" announcer John Madden, who's been a fixture on NFL broadcasts for 30 years, says he's retiring from broadcasting.
The 73-year-old Madden issued a statement Thursday (April 16) saying simply, "It's time."
"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," Madden says. "... The NFL has been my life for more than 40 years, it has been my passion -- it still is. ... It's still great fun, and that's why it makes it hard, and that's why it took me a few months to make a decision."
Madden, who moved into broadcasting in 1979 after coaching the Oakland Raiders for 10 seasons, including a Super Bowl-winning year in 1976, is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's also the most honored sports broadcaster in TV history, with 16 Sports Emmys and numerous other accolades from his peers.
He's also lent his name and expertise to the best-selling sports video game ever, "Madden NFL Football," and is a pitchman for everything from cell-phone service to athlete's foot medicine.
Madden began his broadcasting career at CBS in 1979 and became the lead NFL analyst two years later. He moved to FOX when the network picked up the NFL in 1994, then to ABC's "Monday Night Football" for four seasons in 2002 before joining NBC's "Sunday Night Football," along with his "MNF" partner Al Michaels, when it launched in 2006.
He called 11 Super Bowls in his career, including this year's, which ended up being his final game.
Former NFL player Cris Collinsworth, who had been part of NBC's studio show "Football Night in America" and was formerly an analyst for FOX's NFL games, will take Madden's place in the "Sunday Night Football" booth.