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John Madden would have wanted you on his coaching staff if you were good at his video game

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In this Aug. 5, 2006 file photo, former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden gestures toward his bust during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Madden, 73, the burly former head coach who worked as a broadcast analyst for all four major networks, is calling it quits. Madden worked for the past three seasons on NBC’s Sunday night NFL game. His last telecast was the Super Bowl between Arizona and Pittsburgh.

Mark Duncan, Associated Press

Avid video game players often express that they wish they could turn their hobby into a money-making opportunity. Well, if it had been up to John Madden, that could have been a reality.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and color commentator whose name has long been on the highly successful Madden NFL video game series did a Q&A with ESPN’s Michael Rothstein earlier this week, and in it he said that had the game been around when he was coaching, he would have hired some good players to be on his staff.

“You know what I would do? I would kind of do the same thing that I thought when we first started this — I would have a couple of young guys that are good, good Madden players, and hire them and put them on my staff. And each week I would have them play our opponent,” Madden said.

“If the Raiders are playing Kansas City, I’d have one of them be the Raiders and one of them be Kansas City. And then I would run our players against their defenses and their defenses against our players. And I’d have them just check that out and then write up — this was good, this was bad, had trouble here and trouble there. I don’t know how much I would use it, but that’s what I would do.”

Rothstein and Madden touched on a number of other topics related to the game, mostly surrounding the history and evolution of it.