Boom! John Madden delivered some relatively surprising news Thursday morning, announcing he is retiring from broadcasting. From the NBC-issued press release, here's what Madden had to say:
It's time. I'm 73 years old. My 50th wedding anniversary is this fall. I have two great sons and their families and my five grandchildren are at an age now when they know when I'm home and, more importantly, when I'm not.
Madden is popular public figure whose impact spanned a generation -- from the older NFL fans who remember him as a young, fiery head coach for the Raiders to the younger set who grew up playing his Madden NFL Football video game.
What's your reaction to Madden's retirement? Who will replace him on NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast with Al Michaels? Share your thoughts in the comments below.