The time he said the fridge was getting thinner
Football icon John Madden passed away Tuesday night at the age of 85.
The man was larger than life and probably had an impact on your life in some way or another, at least indirectly.
Madden, like all of Illinois, loved the 85 Bears. The colorful personalities and football excellence of Mike Ditka’s championship team spoke to Madden. The internet was inundated with old John Madden videos and two of them about bears from the mid-80s appeared in my timeline that I had never seen before.
The first is this one, where he postulates that William Perry was losing weight because he wore a lot more t-shirts lately.
The “7” and “2” start to move closer to the middle of her chest.
A great line.
Another first video for me was this one where Madden breaks down Buddy Ryan’s famous “46” defense.
This video really illustrates what people loved about Madden as an analyst. He was a football genius who spoke to you like you were sitting on the couch.
I just wrapped up the John Madden documentary that FOX produced about him tonight when it was rebroadcast following news of his passing and that was the common theme to everyone interviewed. Madden treated everyone as an equal or even better than him. It was a trait you couldn’t help but admire.
I highly recommend checking it out every now and then.
While I loved his commentary, like millions of other people my age, I will remember him for his Madden video games. Tecmo football was fun, but Madden added a reality to video game football that had never been seen before. It taught me, and millions of others, nuances of gaming that we would never have known without its video game.
Some of the best memories I have are of just 4 guys sitting around a college apartment drinking beers and playing Madden for literally 16 hours straight.
Thanks for the memories coach. You will certainly be missed.
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