John Madden

After retiring from coaching the Oakland Raiders in 1979, John Madden joined the broadcasting ranks. Now in 2009, Madden is retiring from broadcasting as he announced today.

“You know at some point you have to do this — I got to that point,” Madden said on his Bay Area radio show Thursday. “The thing that made it hard is not because I’m second guessing, ‘Is it the right decision?’ But I enjoyed it so damn much.

“I enjoyed the game and the players and the coaches and the film and the travel and everything.”

He will be replaced by Chris Collinsworth in the NBC Sunday Night booth.

Madden retires after 30 years in booth []