John Madden, a Hall of Famer, died on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at age 85. He was a prominent figure in the American football timeline.
It took ten years for the Oakland Raiders to win their first championship in Super Bowl XI. For that time, Madden was the Raiders’ head coach. John Madden was a broadcaster for 40 years after retiring from coaching. He made his name as one of the most beloved characters in the long-running video game series, Madden NFL, named after him since 1988.
At Pismo Beach, California, John Madden met Virginia Fields at a bar. As students at California Polytechnic University, the two were both pursuing their master’s degrees at the time.
They married soon after and had two boys, Joseph and Michael, the pair had been together for more than 50 years. Throughout his career, Madden wore multiple hats.
When the Raiders hired Madden, he was the league’s youngest head coach. He led the team to a Super Bowl XI triumph over the Minnesota Vikings and concluded his coaching career with a 103-32-7 record.
Madden had the best winning ratio in history among all coaches with at least 100 victories.
After retiring from coaching, he turned to sports broadcasting. For more than three decades, his broadcasts provided the weekly music for NFL games.
Football great Madden has also dabbled in video games, and the Madden NFL video game franchise bears his name.
As stated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell,
“On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families, 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,” Roger added.
As soon as word of Madden’s passing became public, individuals from all across the sports world paid tribute to his life and impact.
John Madden is the greatest, and most influential, sports broadcaster of all time. An absolute legend of sports, people will be playing the video game named after him generations to come. RIP.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 29, 2021
Julian Edelman and others also weighed in.
When you think NFL football, you think John Madden.
RIP to a Legend. pic.twitter.com/8JYH7H9GKW
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) December 29, 2021
The Raiders Family is deeply saddened by the passing of the legendary John Madden.
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) December 29, 2021
Mr. Madden! A cultural icon, The John Madden, Rest In Peace 🕊 https://t.co/qtVFRQyBqt
— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) December 29, 2021
RIP 🙏🏾 https://t.co/BpN06IsvBx
— Mo Alie-Cox (@MoAlie81) December 29, 2021