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John Madden Net Worth

John Madden Net Worth
Net Worth$200,000,000
Full NameJohn Earl Madden
Date of Birth/AgeApril 10, 1936 (age 83)
Source of wealthAmerican football coach, Sportscaster
Country of originU.S
State/City of originAustin, Minnesota
Last Updated2019

What Is John Madden’s Net Worth?

John Madden’s net worth is $200,000,000.

How Did John Madden Make His Money?

He is a former football coach who became a popular, Emmy-winning football commentator and analyst.

He has a number of endorsement deals and has appeared in advertisements, TV shows and movies. He is also the coaching voice for the hit video game Madden NFL.

Madden had a great career as a coach. He was one of the youngest NFL coaches and still holds several records. He won the Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders.

Madden was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame for his coaching work in 2006.


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Loveable Lug

After a successful coaching career, he turned to broadcasting. He was a popular analyst and on-air color commentator for many years on every major sports network.

Madden made the most of his career and his public personality as a big, friendly lug who was all football, all the time.

It was an image that made him a popular pitchman for many products. Madden has done commercials for a range of companies including:

  • Tinactin.
  • Miller Lite.
  • Ace Hardware.
  • Rent-A-Center.
  • Electronic Arts.
  • McDonald’s.
  • Outback Steakhouse.
  • Verizon Wireless.

John Madden Early Life

Madden was born in Minnesota, but his family moved to California when he was young. Madden began playing football and quickly became a star football and baseball player in high school. He enrolled at San Mateo College and later at California Polytechnic. He continued playing both sports.

In 1958, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. During training camp, he sustained a serious knee injury that put an end to his playing.

While he was recuperating, Madden watched football games and analyzed them along with the coach. He found that he enjoyed doing this.


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Switch to Coaching

Madden began looking into coaching. He was hired as an assistant coach at Alan Hancock College and became the head coach there in 1962. In 1963, he was hired as an assistant defensive coach at San Diego State University.

His impressive work at that school came to the attention of the Oakland Raiders, who offered him a job as a linebacking coach in 1967.


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Oakland Raiders

Two years later, Madden was named as the Raiders’ head coach. He was the youngest NFL coach ever appointed to that position.

He coached the Raiders for 10 years and took them through several successful seasons. Under his leadership, the Raiders won two AFC championships, won 103 games and lost only 12 games.

He took them all the way to the Super Bowl, which they won in 1977. He is still the most successful coach in Raiders history.

Broadcasting Career

At the time of 2019, John Madden net worth is $200,000,000.

Madden retired from coaching in 1978, and began his new career as a broadcaster. He started at CBS and in 1981 he was paired with Pat Summerall. This dynamic duo became the top-rated pair of analysts in television sports. They continued working together until 1994.

In 1994, Madden’s contract was shifted to FOX Broadcasting. He stayed at FOX until 2002, when ABC offered him the plum spot on Monday Night Football. In 2005, he switched to NBC to cover Sunday Night Football.


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Ratings and Awards

During his career on television, Madden was the only broadcaster to work for all four major broadcasters as a football commentator.

He was hugely popular and guaranteed great ratings for every show he appeared on. He also won 16 Emmys for Outstanding Sports Event Analyst.


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Colorful Commentary

Madden was known for his loud, extravagant commentary. He would jump up and down, scream exuberantly and interject his commentary with one-word exclamations like “Wham!,” “Bang!” and “Doink!”

He was also known for making painfully obvious statements about the game that probably came from his coaching days.

Madden popularized the use of the telestrator, a device that allowed him to look like he was marking up the field with his own coaching notes. This device is now a regular part of almost every football broadcast.

He also made a big deal out of every Thanksgiving Day game. Madden would put on a real show for fans. He would hold a ceremony awarding a turkey to the winning team.

He also made up his own titles for players that he thought had performed particularly well. Even after Madden left broadcasting, those traditions have continued.

In 2009, Madden announced that he was retiring from broadcasting.

Fear of Flying

Madden refuses to fly in an airplane and always travels by bus or train. This refusal led to the one time he broke his 476-weekend streak of appearances as a commentator.

It occurred during a week that would have required him to cover a game in Tampa, Florida. Madden has just returned home to California from Jacksonville, Florida, and decided he couldn’t make the trip.

He was replaced that week by former Cincinnati Bengals player Chris Collingsworth. When Madden retired a year later, Collingsworth took over his slot on Sunday Night Football.


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TV, Movie and Video Appearances

  • He played himself in the 1994 movie Little Giants and the 2000 movie The Replacements.
  • He hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live.
  • He was on an episode of The Simpsons.
  • He appears in Paul Simon’s video for “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard.”
  • He is in the U2 video for “Stuck In a Moment.”

Madden NFL

Since 1988, Madden has been the voice and personality of Madden NFL, one of the best-selling video games in history.


He has been married to Virginia Fields since 1959. The couple has two sons, who have both played college football. He and his wife live in Pleasanton, California.

Favorite Quotes From John Madden

“You got one guy going boom, one guy going whack and one guy not getting in the end zone.”

“The best way to gain more yards is to advance the ball down the field from the line of scrimmage.”

“If you win a Super Bowl before you’re fired, you’re a genius, and everyone listens to you. But a coach is just a guy whose best class in grammar school was recess and whose best class in high school was P.E. I never thought I was anything but a guy whose best class was P.E.”

John Madden’s Success Tips

  1. “The only yardstick our society has for success is being a champion. No one remembers anything else.”
  2. “Knowing a coach likes him is more important to a player than anything else.”
  3. “Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.”