This Day in Sports History: Football’s Iconic Video Game man was Born
The year was 1936 and on this day, 82 years ago John Madden was born into the world and will forever, god-willing, be associated with one of the most iconic video games of all time.
John Madden didn't just become the name of said iconic video game by happen stance, he was actually drafted out of Cal Poly, 244th overall in the 21st round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958. Unfortunately, he never got to suit up and play professionally because of a knee-injury that would end his career a year later.
From there Madden turned to coaching and got his start at a small college in Santa Maria called, Allan Hancock College as an assistant in 1960 and promoted to head coach in 1962.
His first coaching job in the NFL came from Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders in 1967 as a linebackers coach. After assisting the team to a Super Bowl run that year, head coach John Rauch resigned to take over with the Buffalo Bills and Davis promoted Madden to head man. That moved made him the youngest head coach in NFL history at the tender age of 32 (until Sean McVay, 30, last season).
After having success in reaching five AFC Title games in seven years and not being able to shake the mantra of "can't win the big one" Madden finally did win in 1976. The Oakland Raiders soundly defeated the Minnesota Vikings 32-14.
That would be the only Title Madden would win and decided to hang it up from coaching following the 1978 season. He was also the youngest coach to ever win 100 games during the regular season.
From there he decided to jump right into the broadcast booth for a magical run that lasted from 1979-2008 we knew John Madden as the man who added color to the game, had a man-crush on Brett Favre, and who called so many great games.
Happy 82nd birthday John Madden.