John Madden talks retirement, video game, plans for '09 season
For the first time in 30 years, the booming voice of
"I don't know how I'm going to watch them all," he said. "But I'm going to try."
I caught up with Madden this week to discuss his plans for the upcoming season, his thoughts on the popularity of his video game series and if he might pull a
My idea was that I wanted it to be a teaching tool. He believed that computers were going to be a big thing, and you have to remember we first talked damn near 30 years ago, so I didn't know. He had gone to Harvard and made up his own major -- computer games -- so I figured this guy has to be a computer genius so I'll hook up with him. I was teaching an extension class at the University of California at the time, just a Football for Fans course. I had made up a book and film and I was thinking this computer will be another teaching tool for me. That's it. That was my idea. I thought high schools could use it to teach football and then if we got advanced enough maybe in college and in the pros. His idea was a computer game and my idea was a teaching tool, so we married the two and came up with the game that came out.
One of my grandsons is 5 years old and he's playing the Wii, so I love watching him play and get into it. The game is still playable for a 5-year-old to get started in football. I also have a 45-year-old son who I watch play against him, so it still works for all ages.