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NFL launches ‘John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration’ to honor late broadcaster, Hall of Fame coach

John Madden’s son Joe was driving with his wife on Wednesday toward their Thanksgiving destination.

“With a turducken in the back,” Joe Madden told USA TODAY Sports. “It takes a while to thaw these things.”

It was John Madden, the former Oakland Raiders coach turned broadcasting legend, who brought fame to the turducken – a deboned turkey, stuffed with a deboned duck, stuffed with a chicken. It was a year ago John Madden dug into the Thanksgiving delicacy one last time.

He died the following month at 85.

“It’s a somber, somber occasion,” Joe Madden said as Thanksgiving Day approached. “But at the same time…”

The Madden family and NFL fans watching the league’s three-game slate Thursday will witness an unprecedented tribute to John Madden, who called 20 Thanksgiving Day NFL games during his broadcasting career.

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The NFL said the commemoration will include:

• A “John Madden Thanksgiving” logo at the 25-yard line on the field for each of the games – Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants and New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings.

• A sticker on the back of each player’s helmet depicting the image of Madden with his fist in the air.

• A recording of Madden talking about Thanksgiving and the holiday’s relationship to football that will serve as the lead-in to each of the games.

“No one cared more or contributed more to our game than John Madden,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press release issued by the league. “Honoring his memory and impact on the NFL is important and Thanksgiving Day brings all of the elements significant to John to life – family, football, food and fun.”

John Madden speaks about former QB Ken Stabler, pictured at rear, during a ceremony honoring Stabler in 2015. The NFL is honoring the late broadcaster by launching the “John Madden Thanksgiving…


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Publish date : 2022-11-24 16:17:56

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