The game of football has lost a legend. Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and legendary broadcaster John Madden has died unexpectedly, per the NFL. The unfortunate death of Madden came at the age of 85.
The NFL is saddened to share the passing of the legendary John Madden. He was 85. pic.twitter.com/MxLFYLfY8k
— NFL (@NFL) December 29, 2021
“On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe, and their families,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We all know him as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
“Nobody loved football more than Coach. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board to me and so many others. There will never be another John Madden. We will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today.”
John Madden’s impact on the Oakland Raiders and the league
The Oakland Raiders had Madden as a coach for ten seasons and he delivered the organization their first championship. They beat the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. In the years 1969 to 1978, Madden never mounted a losing season in his tenure as the Oakland Raiders head coach. He compiled a 132-32-7 regular-season record in those ten seasons. Not to mention, he was the youngest coach to win 100 games. Madden remains to be the most winningest coach in Raiders franchise history. He still holds the best winning percentage by an NFL head coach in ten seasons or less at .759.
“The Raiders family is deeply saddened by the passing of the legendary John Madden,” the Raiders said in a statement. “Few individuals meant as much to the growth and popularity of professional football as Coach Madden, whose impact on the game both on and off the field was immeasurable.”
Madden later was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2006. President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Jim Porter, was saddened by the loss of Madden and recently issued a statement.
“The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Coach Madden,” Porter said. “Few, if any, have had as great an impact on the sport of professional football on so many different levels as Coach Madden. He was first and foremost a coach. Madden was a coach on the field, a coach in the broadcast booth, and a coach in life.
“He was dearly loved by millions of football fans worldwide.”
Madden career beyond coaching
Madden officially retired from coaching after the 1979 season, however, it was his broadcasting career that impacted his impact on the game. Becoming a well-known color commentator on NFL broadcasts from 1979 to 2008 solidified his legacy in a way. Many generations grew up gearing that iconic voice on the television every Sunday or on video games. The 16-time Emmy Award winner, Madden, called games with Pat Summerall and Al Michaels throughout his broadcasting tenure. He called 11 Super Bowls before his retirement in April of 2009.
Madden’s voice became iconic when he became the voice of the Madden NFL video game series. The video game series launched in 1988, he was the cover of the game up until 2001. In 2001, NFL players began being the cover of Madden and the ongoing tradition has continued since. gracing the cover of the video game is recognized to be a tremendous honor. Over the years, there have been more than 250 million copies of the Madden NFL series sold.
More than a game. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vtn6HlMj1p
— NFL (@NFL) December 29, 2021