Fast Facts

  • Was a 21st-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958.
  • Became the youngest coach in the history of the AFL in 1969 at the age of 33.
  • Signed a four-year broadcast contract in 1994 for $32 million, more than any NFL player was making at the time.
  • Dislikes flying so much that he travels the country in the Madden Cruiser, an $800,000 fully equipped bus, complete with kitchen, queen bed, office and sauna (the vehicle is sponsored by Outback Steakhouse). 
  • Has authored five books that have made the New York Times best-seller list.
  • Appeared in the music video for U2's "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of."
  • Lends his name to a best-selling NFL video game.
  • Named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.


  • Joseph Madden — Son
  • Mary Madden — Mother
  • Michael Madden — Son
  • Earl Madden — Father
  • Virginia Madden — Wife


  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, United States (BS in Education, 1959; MA in Education, 1961)


  • Birth Name: John Earl Madden
  • Birth Place: Austin, Minnesota, United States
  • Profession: NFL broadcaster, Coach, Author

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