NFL remembers Hall of Fame Coach John Madden; dies at 85

John Madden in 2007 in a press event calling for Congress to take action to avoid 35 percent cuts in crucial diabetes research. By Unknown author, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

John Earl Madden (April 10, 1936 – December 28, 2021) was an American football coach and sportscaster. He was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons (1969–1978) and guided them to a championship in Super Bowl XI (1977). After retiring from coaching, he served as a color commentator for NFL telecasts until 2009, work for which he won 16 Sports Emmy Awards. From 1988, he lent his name, expertise, and color commentary to the John Madden Football (later Madden NFL) video game series.

Madden never had a losing season as a coach, and his overall win percentage is second in NFL history. In recognition of his coaching career, Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. As a broadcaster, Madden worked for all four major American television networks: CBS (1979–1993), Fox (1994–2001), ABC (2002–2005), and NBC (2006–2008). He also served as a commercial pitchman for various products and retailers.

FROM THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Earlier today, 12/28/2021, we received the sad news that the great John Madden died unexpectedly this morning.  He was 85.

“On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  “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, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today.”

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