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NFL legend and mega-sportscaster John Madden turns 80 today.

As Madden rings in this new decade, plenty of people have taken the opportunity to look back on the Hall of Famer’s life and his extraordinary impact on the game we all know and love as football.

Madden rose to fame as the Super Bowl-winning head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

After his NFL career, Madden went on spend three decades as one of sports’ most iconic broadcasters. NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol called him “absolutely the best sports broadcaster who ever lived.”

Madden retired at the age of 73 in April 2009, saying that he hoped to spend more time with his family.

The Emmy-winning broadcaster made news again this year before Super Bowl 50, when his family said he wouldn’t be attending the festivities due to his recovery from heart surgery.

Still, that hasn’t stopped Madden’s fans from singing his praises.

"No one has made the sport more interesting, more relevant and more enjoyable to watch and listen to than John," Al Michaels said when Madden retired.

"There's never been anyone like him and he's been the gold standard for analysts for almost three decades."

Join us in saying happy birthday to this NFL legend!


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