SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – John Madden said it was a special class he saw inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame in Canton over the weekend.

“Larry Allen was always one of my guys, and Warren Sapp, and Bill Parcels the coach. And Jonathan Ogden was one of the best offensive linemen ever,” Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew from the Madden Cruiser in Wyoming.

John was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

“I went from coaching to broadcasting, so you know all those players you coached and coached against, and then you pick them up with broadcasting. So you have quite a history. I’m at dinner the other night with Don Shula, and the night before with Franco Harris. Jim Brown’s there and Mike Ditka. It’s just not all the guys being guys, but all the guys that are the history of the National Football League, and the best of all.”

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Art Donovan passed away Sunday at the age of 88.

“Art was a great story teller,” John said. “There was always something that was going to come out of Art Donovan that made everyone laugh and made everyone feel good.”

His self-deprecating story-telling made him a regular on late night television after he retired from the NFL.

“That gave him life after football,” John said. “By doing these other things, he became a national figure… He’s one of the really good guys, he really was.” (7:00)

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.
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