NFL to honor John Madden on Thanksgiving broadcasts

NFL to honor John Madden on Thanksgiving broadcasts

From awarding victory turkey legs to the star gamers to being the voice on the NFL’s greatest Thanksgiving Day video games for years, John Madden was synonymous with the vacation he so adored.

The NFL is making {that a} lasting tribute by honoring the late broadcaster by launching the “John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration” to start on the primary Thanksgiving following his loss of life final December.

“Nobody cared extra or contributed extra to our recreation than John Madden,” Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned in an announcement. “Honoring his reminiscence and influence on the NFL is vital and Thanksgiving Day brings all the parts vital to John to life — household, soccer, meals and enjoyable.”

The league plans for the Thanksgiving tribute to Madden to be an annual occasion beginning Nov. 24, when there will likely be particular segments on all three broadcasts by CBS, Fox and NBC devoted to Madden.

The Buffalo Payments have fun final 12 months’s vacation win with turkey legs. The Payments face the Lions this 12 months on Thanksgiving.AP

A recording of Madden discussing Thanksgiving and the vacation’s relationship to soccer will function the lead-in to the three video games that day: Buffalo at Detroit on CBS, the Giants at Dallas on Fox and New England at Minnesota on NBC.

Madden labored for all three of these networks throughout a profession that included 20 video games on Thanksgiving when he labored at CBS and Fox.

“There’s no place that I’d moderately be in the present day on Thanksgiving than proper right here, proper now, at a soccer recreation,” Madden mentioned on the Bears-Lions Thanksgiving recreation in 1997. “There are simply sure issues that go collectively: the turkey, the household, the custom, soccer. … And we have now all of it in the present day.”

Madden started the custom of giving the star of the sport a turkey leg, one thing that has advanced over time.AP

Madden started the custom of handing out a turkey leg to the star of the sport starting in 1989 when Philadelphia’s Reggie White bought it following a win over Dallas.

The next 12 months Madden gave out victory legs to Dallas’ Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman and joked that he wished he had extra for the offensive linemen. A barbecue proprietor in Texas took up the problem and created a man-made six-legged turkey.

For this 12 months’s video games, the “Madden Participant of the Sport” could have a $10,000 donation made of their title by the NFL Basis to the youth or highschool soccer program of their alternative.

There may even be “John Madden Thanksgiving” logos on the 25-yard strains and a sticker on the again of every helmet that includes a picture of Madden together with his fist up within the air.

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