Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden is recovering from heart surgery and will miss the Super Bowl Week festivities, according to Yahoo Sports.
“He’s on his way back. He’s just not there yet,” said Madden’s son Mike. “He could rally and make appearances, but he’s choosing not to do so.”
Madden, 79, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and was due to receive the Pat Summerall Award, named after his longtime broadcast partner, in a ceremony tonight. Instead, his sons will accept the award on his behalf.
This also marks the fifth year in a row that Madden has not attended the Super Bowl, the last one he attended being when the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in Texas. This year, he plans to watch from home and had no plans in participating in weekly activities.
Speaking to the Contra Costa Times, the former Oakland Raiders coach further explained himself.
“Someone would say, ‘You don’t go to the Super Bowl because you don’t want to fly or travel.’ Now it’s just down the street, and I just don’t want to go. I say that respectfully.”
There you have it, folks. Madden wants to watch at home, and that he will.
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