via FOX Sports:
STATEMENTS FROM FOX SPORTS ON JOHN MADDEN'S RETIREMENT FROM BROADCASTING
FOX SPORTS CHAIRMAN DAVID HILL:
"I am still in shock about John's announcement. He may well be 73, but he has the drive, enthusiasm and mental agility of a 24 year-old. John is, and has always been a powerful force of nature. A heady mix of wisdom, football lore, and boyish- an insatiable curiosity, and the God given ability to utilize his teacher training skills from so long ago to impart what we see, but don't see, on the football field. He always spoke as a knowledgeable friend, always speaking with and to the viewer, never at the viewer. When we started FOX Sports, he joyously embraced the credo Same Game - New Attitude, and everything we did. Computerized scoring, the Fox Box, the close up audio - everything we brought to the mix. The first down line, which has become the most necessary part of a broadcaster's tools, was a John Madden idea. I loved listening to him on FOX, I loved listening to him on NBC - just as I had loved listening to him on CBS. My bet is this retirement will be short, and that amazingly agile mind will be dreaming up new things to do!"
FOX SPORTS PRESIDENT ED GOREN:
"John is an original. He's been the face of the NFL for three decades and by far and away the number one sports analyst on television. Amazingly, he's been so dominant that he's never been challenged. John's impact on the way television covers the NFL is a legacy that will last well into the future. During the time I worked with him at CBS and FOX, he wasn't just a lead analyst, John was always our 'head coach.'"
NFL ON FOX LEAD ANALYST TROY AIKMAN:
"John and I first met when I was player and our friendship grew closer when I went into broadcasting. He was always available and had great advice. My induction into the Hall of Fame was made even more special because we went in side-by-side. John's the guy you want to sit next to during a game and, for thirty years, he essentially was. During a broadcast, you'd think he was talking directly to you. I, along with millions of other fans, will miss hearing an old friend on Sundays."