Hall of Famer John Madden, whose Oakland Raiders teams never had a losing season and a beloved soccer analyst for three decades, has died, the NFL said Tuesday night.
Madden, 85, passed away unexpectedly in the morning, according to the league. On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to (wife) Virginia, (son) Mike, (son) Joe and their families,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We all know him as the Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster who worked for all the major networks, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. No one loved football more than the coach. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board for me and many others.
There will never be another John Madden, and we will always be indebted to him for all he did to make football. and the NFL what it is today. During his 10 seasons as the Raiders coach, Madden’s teams never had a losing record and he led Oakland to the playoffs eight times. In January 1977, the Raiders won Super Bowl XI, beating the Minnesota Vikings 32-14 under Madden’s leadership. In a statement, the Raiders said: “Few people meant as much to the growth and popularity of professional soccer as coach Madden,
Whose impact on the game both on and off the field was immeasurable. He was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2006. I have never worked a day in my life. I went from player to coach to announcer and I am the luckiest guy in the world,” he said at his swearing-in. Madden provided commentary for NFL games for 30 seasons for FOX, CBS, ABC, and NBC. He won 16 Emmys for Outstanding Sports Personality Sports Events Analyst. Madden was loved for his exuberant broadcasting style.
Madden also loved using a Telestrator, a video marker that allows a person to draw on television images, and he helped explain the game to hardcore and casual fans across the United States. and punctuated his analysis with a “Boom!” or “Wham!” or Doink He gave awards like the All-Madden Team to hardworking players and turkey legs to the MVP of the games he helped broadcast on Thanksgiving. His best food gift might have been using his television pulpit to exclaim his fondness for a dish called turducken: boneless turkey.