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John Madden retires, coming home to Pleasanton

Original post made on Apr 17, 2009

Famed sportscaster and football coach John Madden will soon be coming home to Pleasanton after his announcement yesterday that he plans to retire.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 17, 2009, 8:03 AM

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 17, 2009 at 8:34 am

Is he going to gobble up downtown with his retirement dollars???

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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Apr 17, 2009 at 9:21 am

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

I don't know about all of downtown, but he is a BIG eater!

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Posted by Brenda
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Apr 17, 2009 at 9:34 am

And Barbie retreated into her Malibu home after a misunderstanding with Midge.

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Posted by JP
a resident of Another Pleasanton 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 John's case I think we'll hear...

Kapow! Bang! Crunch! .....

Best to you Coach...

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Posted by Fan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Our family's best football days were our favorite team and Mr. Madden's commentary. Won't be the same!

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 17, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Thanks for all the great years, Coach. You are truly one of the greats. You will be missed...

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
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.

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Welcome Home!
Family first!
Thanks for all the laughs, I am not a football fan but rather, a Madden fan.
See you Downtown sometime.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Amador Valley High School
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.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Apr 19, 2009 at 8:06 pm

I agree with Chris...the editor did a poor job in this case!

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Parkside
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.

from A Poly Fan, FHS fan.....and Madden fan.

God Bless you coach.


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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 19, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Look up 'Coach' in the dictionary, and if John Madden's picture isn't there... you need a new dictionary. There isn't anyone else in this world I refer to as "Coach"!!

Coach.. I wish you twice as much enjoyment in retirement as you've given me over the years in football. The game won't be the same without you!

Many thanks...

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Posted by Dick
a resident of Valley Trails
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.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 20, 2009 at 9:27 pm

No kidding sherlock..
We welcome him home to stay as he has traveled quite extensively over the chill

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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.

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Posted by katy
a resident of Mohr Park
on Apr 21, 2009 at 9:28 pm

The article makes it sound like he lives at Augustine Bernal Adobe. Where does he live?

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 22, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I think he lives on the top floor of the Rose Hotel. Hang around the lobby with a glass of wine... you'll see him.


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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.

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Posted by Craig Watkins
a resident of Highland Oaks
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

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Posted by Al Figone
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 8, 2015 at 11:14 pm

A friend of John and Virginia for a long time! Yes, John has been a Hall of Famer! The best of the best! Probably one of the best football and business minds ever. His parents and two sisters were kind as well. All the years I've followers John and Virginia and always they have acted like Humanitarians. The Humanitarian Hall of Fame is where I'd place John and Virginia. I used to know them! Congratulations to a great,couple!

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Posted by Jill
a resident of Birdland
on Jan 9, 2015 at 8:36 am

Good for him! I hope to see him more down at the sports park watching his grandkids games, what a person. He has always been very pleasant and nice to the people and kids down there. You would never know he was this big famous guy by the way he acts, congratulations John!

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm

I say we erect a statue downtown - no kidding

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