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Future hall-of-famers Dave Casper and John Madden, of the Oakland Raiders, confer on the sidelines during a game played against the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field on Sept. 17, 1978.

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Tom Ross: Boom! Madden was a coach before video games

It's an underappreciated fact that before John Madden became the world's most gregarious sportscaster and secured his fortune by licensing his name to a remarkably popular video game, he was one hell of an NFL head coach.

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