John Madden would only let one special person to poop on his bus.
The Athletic compiled a bunch of stories from those closest to John Madden since his sudden passing at the end of 2021. John Madden , who is known for the iconic video game series bearing his name, was well-known for traveling the country by bus as a broadcaster because he hated to fly. Madden graduated from California Polytechnic State in 1958, and in 1960 a plane carrying the football team crashed and killed 22 passengers.
The ‘Madden Cruiser’ reportedly only had one rule for guests: no pooping. He apparently let that rule be bent three times for three different people.
“Madden was known for having three rules for his football players. No. 1: “Be on time.” No. 2: “Pay attention.” And No. 3: “Play like hell when I tell you to.” He had a lesser-known rule for his bus passengers. “Nobody takes a dump,” Millen says.
Only three people broke the rule in all of Madden’s years of busing. According to Millen, they were Fox producer Richie Zyontz, hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Millen himself.
“He would always bring that up,” Millen says. “Somehow, Wayne Gretzky got a pass. Richie and I bore the brunt, but in particular, it was me because I broke the rule a block away from the hotel. He always said he had to carry that turd around the rest of the country.”
You read that correctly, Madden let Wayne Gretzky go No. 2 in his bus. Only former FOX broadcaster Matt Millen and producer Richie Zyontz can say the same, according to Millen.
Gretzky might hold a bunch of hockey records, but being the only one who John Madden would allow to take a dump on his Madden Cruiser has to be his biggest achievement.