Annie Barrett
April 16, 2009 AT 07:04 PM EDT

NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol announced today that after over 30 years in broadcasting, John Madden, Hall of Fame coach and game analyst for Sunday Night Football since 2006, has decided to retire. “It’s time. I’m 73 years old,” explained Madden in a statement released today. “I still love every part of it — the travel, the practices, the gamefilm, the games, seeing old friends and meeting new people… but Iknow this is the right time.” Madden has won 16 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Analyst/Personality and in 1982 became the first NFL analyst to receive the Touchdown Club of America’s prestigious Golden Mike Award. His final game — the 11th Super Bowl he called — was this February’s Super Bowl XLIII.

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