NFL to honor Pro Football Hall of Famer John Madden with annual Thanksgiving celebration

Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHN MADDEN always had a special connection to Thanksgiving.

The National Football League has announced it will honor Madden with the "John Madden Thanksgiving Celebration," beginning this year. The annual celebration will be multi-faceted and will honor the legacy of the football icon.

"No one cared more or contributed more to our game than John Madden," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "Honoring his memory and impact on the NFL is important and Thanksgiving Day brings all of the elements significant to John to life – family, football, food and fun."

The inaugural event, set for Nov. 24, will feature special broadcast tribute segments from CBS, FOX and NBC. The segments will be shown through the broadcast of each NFL game that day. A recording of Madden discussing Thanksgiving and the holiday’s relationship to football will air prior to each game.

Each network will also select a "Madden Player of the Game" and NFL social media accounts will share interactive content honoring Madden.

For more details on the celebration, read the full NFL news release here.