Cowboys great Daryl Johnston pays tribute to John Madden with vintage sweatshirt during broadcast

On the Sunday the NFL honored the late John Madden with a moment of silence at each of its stadiums, legendary Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston literally wore his respect for the iconic coach and broadcaster on his sleeve.

Returning from a commercial break in the third quarter of FOX’s Buccaneers-Jets early afternoon television broadcast, the network aired a short video montage of moments from Madden’s notable football career. At the end of this tribute, viewers were treated to a 1992 clip from Madden featuring Johnston as a member of his hand-picked “All-Madden Team” for that season.

Johnston wore the commemorative sweatshirt for the accolade when cameras joined him and his play-by-play partner Chris Myers in the stand, and the longtime Cowboys star spent a moment sharing what Madden meant to him and his career.

“One of my most prized possessions,” Johnston said of the 30-year-old sweatshirt with its leather helmet design. “I think one of the things that John really helped everybody with: I wasn’t a player whose stats were going to be something that John Madden would recognize; my role was to block for Emmitt Smith. There weren’t many numbers behind what I did. It was John’s knowledge of the game and his ability to bring it to the viewer in a fun and meaningful way. I will always be indebted to John Madden for all he helped me in my career.

And if Madden helped introduce the casual fan to Johnston – then in its fourth season – during the early years of the Dallas dynasty, it’s Johnston he credits with popularizing the nickname given to him when he was born. rookie season by Cowboys quarterback Babe Laufenberg.

“I lost my name in 1992. I was no longer Daryl Johnston; from then on, I was just “Moose”, because that’s what John Madden called me during Sunday games.

Madden died Tuesday at the age of 85.

Johnston wasn’t the only Cowboys player to sport a wardrobe item commemorating Madden. Quarterback Dak Prescott also had a special jersey for his pre-game warm-ups.

The Cowboys had planned a video tribute ahead of their late afternoon game against Arizona that would also include former player-coach Dan Reeves, who died early Saturday morning.


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