John Madden dies at 85

Football icon John Madden died unexpectedly on Tuesday at the age of 85, the NFL announced.

Madden worked his way up the Raiders organization before serving as the head coach from 1969 to 1978 with a Super Bowl win in 1976. He went on to be a commentator for CBS, FOX, ABC and NBC, but younger generations may associate his name with the “Madden” video games.

“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.”

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