John Madden is probably one of the greatest, announcers in sports history and is the voice of football for so many generations, but he left the booth a few years ago and hasn’t looked back since.
Ever since he left, there has been a void left that the like of Jim Nantz, Joe Buck and others have tried to fill but haven;t been able to. What everyone wants is just one more game with Madden in the booth, and we almost got that not too long ago,m had it not been for Madden’s complacency in retirement.
According to a story passed along by Richard Deitsch at Sports Illustrated, Madden was almost coaxed out of retirement, but he was having none of it when approached by NBC to help with Thanksgivings Day games.
After NBC gained the rights to broadcast the Thanksgiving primetime game starting with the 2012 NFL season, Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli, director Drew Esocoff and broadcasters Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth invited Madden to dinner at an Italian restaurant in the North Beach section of San Francisco. They carried with them a secret plan: Convince the former broadcaster to come out of retirement to call one final NFL game. It was a tasty idea – the man who made the turducken famous calling one last game on Thanksgiving night – and they even pitched Madden on doing a West Coast regular season game near Madden’s northern California home. But Madden would have none of it. “We were shot down in five seconds,” Gaudelli said.
It would actually be a brilliant tradition to have Madden call just the Thanksgiving Day game for NBC but it’s not something that is ever going to happen. That being said, we can always imagine how cool it would be to see Madden come out of retirement to give us one more amazing ame from the booth.
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