Tom Krasovic: San Diego State stint shaped John Madden, longtime fan of Don Coryell

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — For all of the triumphs John Madden enjoyed in football, such as raising the silver Lombardi Trophy and donning a golden Hall of Fame jacket, one hallowed football prize remained out of his long, boisterous reach. What Madden pursued in vain was this: Don Coryell’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where Madden got his own bronze bust in 2006. Couldn’t the Hall voters see that without Coryell, the Canton, Ohio, shrine was incomplete? Short of using the telestrator he’d made famous as the NFL’s most popular color commentator for decades, Madden spelled it out many times,…

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