NFL legend John Madden has passed unexpectedly passed away at the age of 85 according to a statement released by the league.
Sad news: NFL legend John Madden has died. He was 85. pic.twitter.com/ztdrLWmok4
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 29, 2021
Madden played at a variety of different colleges, including the University of Oregon, before entering the NFL. He was drafted by the Eagles in 1959, but was injured before he could ever appear in an NFL game.
He was most notably the head coach of the Raiders, where he won Super Bowl XI over the Minnesota Vikings. Through 10 years as a head coach, he posted a 103-32-7 record. He has the second-best winning percentage in league history including playoff games.
Before getting the Raiders job, Madden was an assistant at Alan Hancock, San Diego State and for the Raiders.
Following his coaching career, Madden made his way to the broadcast booth, where he worked from 1979-2008. He worked for CBS, Fox, ABC and NBC over the course of his storied career, calling several Super Bowls and primetime games along the way.
He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and won 16 Emmy Awards throughout the course of his broadcasting career.
Even after retiring from broadcasting, Madden’s legacy lived on through video games. He lent his name to the EA Sports NFL video game since 1988. His voice used to be featured on the game, but now it is just his name on the game.
Madden was also featured in a few films over the course of his career. He was in Christine, Little Giants, The Replacements and When the Game Stands Tall. To go with that, he had several advertisements and television appearances.
Fox just released a documentary on Madden that aired on Christmas Day.
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