Pro Football Hall of Fame coach John Madden passed away at 85-years-old on Tuesday morning. Madden’s legacy will live on forever in football and the media industry.
In recent years, Madden was known more for his last name being on the most successful professional football video game franchise, but his resume reaches far beyond a video game. He was truly a star in every sense of the word when it came to football. Madden’s time in football spanned over 60 years when counting his brief time as a Philadelphia Eagle in 1958 to his involvement in his video game, Madden NFL.
BREAKING : NFL Legend John Madden has passed away at the age of 85
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— TWSN (@TWSN___) December 29, 2021
On Christmas Day, FOX released a documentary titled “All Madden,” which focused on his life and career inside the NFL. Madden grew to prominence when he became the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 1968. Madden won his first and only NFL Championship as a head coach at Super Bowl XI against the Minnesota Vikings. He also won an AFL Championship as the linebackers coach for the Raiders in 1967.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2006. He finished his coaching career with a 103-32-7 record in the regular season. When he retired from coaching in 1979, he became an immediate success in CBS’ broadcast booth.
He eventually joined forces in the booth with former NFL kicker Pat Summerall and they became one of the greatest NFL commentary duos in history. They called premier games on CBS until they moved over to FOX to continue calling NFL games. Madden stayed at FOX for seven years until he moved to ABC Sports to call Monday Night Football broadcasts with play-by-play announcer Al Michaels.
Madden worked on Monday Night Football for four seasons and then switched over to NBC to be the lead color commentator for their Sunday Night Football broadcasts with Michaels. Madden worked for NBC for three seasons and his final game as a broadcaster was the Super Bowl that featured the Pittsburgh Steelers-Arizona Cardinals matchup in February 2009.
Between his success with Madden NFL and broadcasting, Madden found ways to stay relevant long after he retired from coaching at just 42-years-old. This will be a massive loss to the NFL community because of his impact on the game. Madden will be sorely missed by millions of fans and supporters of his work.