In praise of John Madden

John Madden, probably American football's best-known commentator, retired last week. On Friday I wrote a short piece for Telegraph sport to explain why he was so important:

Madden taught American football fans to watch the game like a coach. A perfect example came in SuperBowl XLIII, Madden's final game as a commentator. Many fans would have been wondering why the Arizona Cardinals weren't destroying the Pittsburgh Steelers with their spectacular passing game. Madden explained that the Steelers were keeping their safeties deep, effectively taking away the Cardinals' major threat. He suggested they exploit this by passing across the middle of the field. When they did, late in the game, they scored a 64-yard touchdown.

You can read the whole thing here.