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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

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Millen on Madden

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Matt Millen, the longtime NFL player, executive and broadcaster, said today that the league is saying its goodbyes to one of its most historically significant figures with John Madden's retirement from the NBC booth.

"For a lot of people, he is the NFL," Millen said in a telephone interview. "He is the face of the NFL. He is the voice of the NFL. To me, he's still the coach, and he became a mentor and a friend. But to a lot of people, he's the broadcaster. And to a younger generation, he's the guy on the video game.

"He did more for the NFL than any PR campaign ever could have done. Anything they ever wanted to do to promote the game, anything they ever could have come up with, he did more by himself. It's a great, great sport, don't get me wrong. But he carried the torch for a long time. I just love the guy."

The NFL became the nation's most popular and prosperous sports league during Madden's long association with the game, and Millen said that Madden's contribution to that shouldn't be overlooked.

"He changed football," Millen said. "He made it bigger than probably even he ever thought it could be. John went into the Hall of Fame as a coach. He could have gone in carrying any of about four different banners, too--broadcaster, contributor, you name it. The guy is amazing. I consider myself fortunate to call him a friend."

By Mark Maske  |  April 16, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  | Category:  Mark Maske , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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