It's hard to call the decision of 73-year-old announcing legend John Madden to retire a "shocker."
But it's still a surprise because from the day he began calling NFL games in 1980, Madden seemed like an ageless kid who loved his job.
He had a solid final game alongside Al Michaels calling Pittsburgh's 27-23 victory over Arizona in the 2009 Super Bowl on NBC so there were no calls for him to hang up his microphone.
The praise is coming from all directions today and deservedly so. I wasn't always a big fan and thought his act had grown a little stale by the time he joined Monday Night Football in 2002. But the move to prime time seem to re-energize him and he's being called the game's greatest analyst.
I'll be addressing his retirement and his announcing career in Friday's Buffalo News.
What did you think of Madden as an analyst? And what do you think of his decision to retire?
-- Alan Pergament