He should have 10 years ago.
In his prime I loved him but he became a parody of himself.
John Madden is going out on top. After calling one of the most thrilling Super Bowls of all-time, the 73-year old analyst-turned-video-game-icon is retiring from the broadcast booth, NBC announced today.
It won't feel the same without Madden calling games on any network this year (he's been employed by each of the four major broadcast channels since he began calling games in 1979), but it's the right time for Madden to hang up his microphone.
After it seemed like he was slipping in his final few years at FOX, Madden seemed reinvigorated when he joined Al Michaels in the Monday Night Football booth (and then on NBC's Sunday Night Football). To go out now is to go out with his legacy preserved.