John Madden: Super Bowl-winning NFL coach and namesake of American football video game dies | Ents & Arts News

John Madden, a Super Bowl-winning NFL coach and later a legendary sports broadcaster, has died aged 85, the league has announced.

He died suddenly, with no given cause of death.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, “On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families.

Madden in 1982 using a Telestrator before a game he was about to comment on. Photo: AP
Oakland Raiders coach John Madden takes a shower fully dressed as he and his Raiders celebrate in the locker room after beating Pittsburgh 24-7 in the AFC Championship game on Sunday, December 26, 1976 in Oakland.
Madden took the Oakland Raiders through a Super Bowl-winning season in 1976. Photo: AP

“We all know him as the Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster who worked for all the major networks, but most of all he was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

“No one loved football more than Coach. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board for me and for so many others.

“There will never be another John Madden, and we will be forever indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today.”

He led the Oakland Raiders to the biggest prize in American football in 1976 when they won the Super Bowl in California against the Minnesota Vikings.

However, the fear of flying led him to hang up his crampons soon after and embark on a career in broadcasting.

To date, he holds the best winning record of any coach who has coached over 100 NFL games.

Philadelphia Eagles tackle John Madden poses in July 1959 (AP Photo)
Philadelphia Eagles tackle John Madden poses in July 1959. Photo: AP Photo

He was a highly regarded expert on American football, his voice being heard by millions of people as he covered weekly NFL games, winning him 16 Emmy awards.

Madden worked for most of the major US networks, spending most of his career at CBS, between 1979 and 1993.

He retired in 2009 after a 30-year career in broadcasting, his last game being that year’s Super Bowl, which saw Pittsburgh beat Arizona.

FILE - In this file photo from Dec. 12, 1970, Oakland Raiders coach John Madden, right, does a kind of jig by waving his finger and shouting in protest against a referee's call to third quarterback of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo / File)
Madden field side in 1970 during an Oakland Raiders game. Photo: AP

Madden is also the namesake of the annual NFL video games created by EA – one of the best-selling sports games of all time – and a best-selling author.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame, where he said: “People always ask, ‘Are you a coach, broadcaster or video game player?’

“I am a coach, I have always been a coach.”

He is survived by his wife Virginia and his two sons, Joseph and Michael.

John and Virginia Madden’s 62nd wedding anniversary was two days before his death.

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