NFL legend John Madden dead at 85


Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and legendary broadcaster John Madden has died at the age of 85.

In a statement, the NFL said that Madden died unexpectedly Tuesday morning. 

“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, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today,” Goodell added. 

Madden first gained fame during a decadelong stint with the then-Oakland Raiders, coaching the team to seven AFC title games and winning his first and only Super Bowl during the 1976 season, according to The Associated Press. 

Madden compiled a 103-32-7 regular-season record, maintaining a .759 winning record as a head coach, the best among NFL coaches with more than 100 games experience.  

After retiring from coaching, Madden started his broadcast career as a color commentator for CBS Sports NFL coverage, teaming with legendary broadcaster Pat Summerall to become the network’s top announcing duo. 

Madden and Summerall moved to the then-fledgling Fox network in 1994 to be its top announcing duo for NFL coverage. Madden then called prime time games for ABC and NBC before retiring after Super Bowl 43 in 2009, the AP reported. 

Madden, who entertained millions with his various catchphrases including "Boom!” and “Doink!” won 16 Emmy Awards for outstanding sports analyst/personality and called 11 Super Bowls for four networks from 1979 to 2009. 

Madden also become the face of the Electronic Arts Sports “Madden NFL” franchise, which became one of the most successful sports video games of all time, the AP reported. 

In a statement, the Las Vegas Raiders expressed their condolences to the Madden family on their loss. 

“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,” the club said in a statement. 

“The thoughts and prayers of the Raider Nation are with Virginia, Joseph, Michael and the entire Madden family at this time.”

The league noted that memorial services for Madden will be announced soon. 

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