There are iconic figures in sports broadcasting. Earlier this week one such icon passed away, Harry Kalas. Generations of football fans have hung on names like Howard Cossell, Frank Gifford, and of course John Madden. Today, the long time broadcaster of primetime football on Monday and Sunday nights, has called it a career.
Over the years fans have either loved or hated his broadcasting style, often pointing out the most obvious in a game and often missing the finer points during a broadcast, but whichever side of the fence you were on, one thing remained…you knew who he was by the sound of his voice.
Like Gifford and Cossell, Madden will leave the booth and his Madden Cruiser behind and leave the play by play to someone else. In this case, the first name that appears as his replacement is Chris Collinsworth.
Collinsworth replaced Madden for one game last season and seems like the logical replacement having served as one of NBC’s correspondants at the Olympics with Bob Costas. Collinsworth has been broadcasting NFL games off and on since his retirement from the NFL.