John Madden

The football world is at a loss as one of the most influential people on the sport has died. In a statement from the NFL, John Madden died unexpectedly Tuesday morning at the age of 85.

Madden had so many successful careers within football that it’s difficult to really pinpoint his crowning achievement.

As a coach, Madden led the Raiders for 10 years in the 60s and 70s, winning Super Bowl XI and retiring at age 42 and never having a losing record. As a commentator, Madden’s voice accompanied some of the biggest games over a near 30-year span. Paired with Pat Summerall and Al Michaels, Madden called 11 Super Bowls and his enthusiastic and simple commentary style was revered by fans. As a video game developer, Madden brought sports gaming to a more legitimate level and for many, it was their first taste of football. There’s no telling how many people (especially kids) became football fans thanks to the Madden video game franchise.

These are just some of the many tributes and respects that have already been paid for John. Whether as a coach, a commentator, or as a figure in the gaming world, he meant a lot to so many people who are connected with football.

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