Posted by JP, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 17, 2009 at 11:30 am
Not sure what these posts have to do with John Madden but I'd like to chime in...
It's been great over all of these years to have him as the coach of the Raiders, winning his Superbowl, doing the Bud Lite commercials (Less Filling), being an analyst on all the major channels for the NFL...and being a great guy from Pleasanton. I hope he gets to spend as much time as he likes with his grandchildren...he's earned that.
Now most folks who retire just mosey off into the sunset....in John's case I think we'll hear...
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm
I've lived here for 36 yrs and I have never seen John Madden anywhere in town. Everyone in my family has seen him and they know where he lives. But even though he is a mythical legend to me, I still think of him as a neighbor.
I would hope that the city would find time to give him a day in his honor, even name a street after him "Big Guy Lane"...thanks Coach.
Posted by Chris, a member of the Amador Valley High School community, on Apr 17, 2009 at 11:17 pm
The headline and the first paragraph imply that John Madden has lived somewhere else or is coming back to Pleasanton of which neither is true. He like many professionals do a lot of traveling as part of their jobs, but only have one home to come back to. John Madden is not "coming home to Pleasanton", he never left.
Posted by Rick, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Apr 19, 2009 at 9:07 pm
Coach - Thank you.
I was very glad to hear you retired. I say that because I know how much family means to you, and your decision is one that makes me smile.
I have witnessed the love you have for your family...and your fans. I know this will be a hard adjustment for you as football is such a big part of who you are. However, there comes a time when a person knows it is time to "hang it up"........and you have certainly always had great timing.
You have a wonderful family, and I could not be happier for you - and them.
Posted by Dick, a resident of the Valley Trails neighborhood, on Apr 19, 2009 at 11:24 pm
Madden's retiring from the booth leaves a large hole that won't be filled for a long time. There is no one close to having John Madden's ability to tell us what is going on in a football game. I understand one of John's Sons is a coach at Foothill. Can you imagine what it would be like to have John Madden show up at a practice and hang out for a while. Those kids would tell their kids and grandkids that John Madden was at their practice. I saw Ben Davidson at Dean's one morning but have never seen Madden. Hope to do so one day. Thanks for all the memories John. Have a great retirement.
Posted by Sue, a resident of Livermore, on Apr 20, 2009 at 11:11 pm
I am not going to say welcome home because you never left. you always made time to hang in the valley weather it was at Ruby Hill, downtown P-town, bocce Ball in Livermore or that little ole Mexican restaurant in Livemrore near the flagpole. I will say congrats on retirement and glad tto hear you will spend it here . thank you for the wonderful memories and I will miss hearing you on KCBS every weekday morning at 8:15am.
See ya around town.
by the way, my brothers old roommate from college used to babysit Mike and Joe when they were little.
Posted by Bob Gerety, a resident of San Ramon, on Apr 23, 2009 at 6:45 pm
When the fires hit San Diego in '08 my son and his wife and family headed to northern California and the Rose hotel. They had fond memories staying there when they lived in nearby San Ramon a few years back. During that trip Theresa met John Madden who at the time was reading a newspaper in the lobby. When John became aware of their plight he was sincerely concerned and they talked for sometime about the fire, smoke, etc. He is a great guy who too interest in their problems. I like to thank him for that gesture.
Posted by Craig Watkins, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Apr 17, 2013 at 5:59 pm
Lived on the same street as Coach, wife and their two bull dogs. Driftwood Way in Highland Oaks Park. Can remember some of the old Raider jerseys hanging from the garage door as Mrs. M had just washed them. Ben Davidson , the Ottos, etc. Coach even offered to store our frozen items in his freezer when half of our house burnt down. You guys thought that he's just a pretty face and a Hall of Famer