NFL Legend John Madden Passes Away Aged 85

John Madden
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Legendary NFL coach and announcer John Madden has sadly passed away aged 85.

In a statement confirming the news, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said there will “never be another John Madden” adding that the Hall of Fame coach helped make the NFL what it is today.

“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.”

John Madden enjoyed an impressive college football career before being drafted to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958. However, a knee injury meant that the Minnesota native’s professional playing career was over before it began.

After a stint coaching in the college ranks, Madden joined the Oakland Raiders in 1967 before being appointed Head Coach two years later. He spent ten seasons with the Raiders winning the franchises first Super Bowl in 1976.

Madden retired from coaching aged just 42 in 1978 due to health concerns before embarking on a hugely successful broadcasting career working for CBS, Fox, ABC and finally NBC. The 16-time Emmy Award winner finally hung up his microphone in 2009.

Younger fans may know the Hall of Famer as the spearhead of the Madden NFL videogame franchise which launched in 1988.

John Madden never had a losing season during his 10-season coaching career, becoming the youngest Head Coach to notch up 100 wins, aged 42. Madden remains the winningest coach in Raiders history. He also holds the best winning percentage by an NFL head coach (minimum of 10 seasons) at .759.

Everyone at Hooked On Sport would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of John Madden

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