The National Football League will begin a convention this Thanksgiving in honor of Corridor of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden, who died final December.
The league will introduce the “John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration,” by which tributes deliberate embrace a recording of Madden speaking about soccer and Thanksgiving earlier than every of the three video games to be performed on the vacation.
The NFL additionally stated that every recreation may have a “Madden Participant of the Sport,” which might be picked by the published group of every matchup. The league will donate $10,000 to a youth or highschool soccer program of that participant’s selection.
There additionally might be “John Madden Thanksgiving” logos on the 25-yard strains and a Madden patch on uniforms.
“Nobody cared extra or contributed extra to our recreation than John Madden,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated Friday in an announcement. “Honoring his reminiscence and influence on the NFL is vital, and Thanksgiving Day brings the entire parts vital to John to life — household, soccer, meals and enjoyable.”
Madden began the Thanksgiving custom of giving out a turkey leg to the star of the sport he was calling. Reggie White of the Philadelphia Eagles was the primary recipient of Madden’s reward in 1989 after a win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Madden coached the then-Oakland Raiders to a Tremendous Bowl XI victory in 1977, however after teaching simply 10 seasons, he moved to the published sales space. He labored for all of the networks which are broadcasting video games on Thanksgiving (CBS, FOX, NBC), calling 20 video games on the vacation.
Madden died Dec. 28, 2021, on the age of 85.
The Related Press contributed to this report.