NFL World Mourns The Loss Of Legendary Coach And Broadcaster John Madden, Who Passed Away At The Age Of 85

John Madden Dead: NFL World Mourns Loss Of Famed Head Coach

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  • Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden has passed away at the age of 85-years-old.
  • Madden coached the Oakland Raiders from 1969 to 1978 and won a Super Bowl during that time.
  • After his coaching career, Madden went on to become an iconic NFL analyst, working for CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC.

Legendary National Football League head coach and broadcaster John Madden has passed away at the age of 85-years-old.

Following the news of his passing, the NFL released the following official statement:

“Earlier today we received the sad news that the great John Madden died unexpectedly this morning. He was 85,” says an official statement from the NFL.

“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.”

Madden, who served as the Oakland Raiders head coach from 1969 to 1978, won Super Bowl XI with the team in 1976. Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 2006. After he retired from coaching, Madden embarked on a broadcasting career that established him as one of the most iconic voices in the history of the sport.

During his career as a color commentator, Madden called games for all of the major broadcasting networks: CBS, Fox Sports, ABC, and NBC. Beginning in 1988, Madden lent his voice, personality, and name to the iconic Madden video game franchise, which has since become *the* definitive football video game.

Following the announcement of his passing, NFL fans across all generations took to social media to mourn his loss and to celebrate his impact on the game of football:

Our thoughts are with his friends, family, and loved ones during this difficult time. Rest in peace.