Quick Facts John Madden

  • NameJohn Madden
  • Birth NameJohn Earl Madden
  • FatherEarl Russell Madden
  • MotherMary Margaret Flaherty
  • NationalityAmerican
  • EthnicityWhite
  • ProfessionFootball player
  • Net Worth$ 200 million
  • Eye ColorBlue
  • Hair ColorWhite
  • MarriedYes
  • Married toVirginia Fields (m. 1959)
  • EducationCalifornia Polytechnic State University
  • TV ShowFull Color Football: The History of the American Football League 2009
  • Birth PlaceAustin, Minnesota

Introduction, Early Life, and Career

John Madden is the former football player, coach and sports commentator of America. He was born in Austin, Minnesota to Mary Margaret Madden and Earl Russell Madden and was raised in Daly City, California. John got his early education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help a school at California, and then went to Jefferson High School graduating in 1954. Because of his excellent performance in football, he got the scholarship for BSc in education and MA in education.

Career in Football

John Madden was a good player since his school days and used to play football in college as well. He used to play both as defender and striker. But his career came to an end because of a knee injury during a training session before playing any professional football for any team. Although he could not play, he started coaching a college team at Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria. Before being promoted as head coach of America, John worked as an assistant coach for 2 years. He got promoted to head coach at the age of 33 becoming the youngest coach in American Football League. John led his team to seven AFC Western Division League victories before quitting coaching career in 1979.

Besides a Player and a Coach

After a year of retirement, John Madden started broadcasting as a color commentator. He rose to fame from the long-running video game series, Madden NFL. John has published books as well including All-Madden, I Wrote a Book, and Hey Wait a Minute. John was included in Pro Football Hall of Fame for his contribution as coach in American Football which is considered his biggest achievement. In 1980, John started broadcasting for sports and spent 30 years of his life as an NFL color commentator for several channels like CBS, NBC. He has worked in many television advertisements as well. 

John Madden is married to Virginia Fields since 1959. They married in Pleasanton, California and have two children, Michael and Joseph. Both of his sons are football players playing for Harvard University and Brown University respectively.

John Madden: Personal Life and Net Worth

During their broadcasting career, John had an annual salary of $5 million. His estimated net worth is $200 million.