John Madden dead: NFL announces death of hall of fame coach and sportscaster at 85

The American football league shared a glowing eulogy of Mr Madden and remembered him as a “Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders.” His peers recognised John Madden as the youngest coach to reach 100 regular-season victories, including winning a Super Bowl.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame to recognise his coaching career.

The NFL statement read: “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.”

Mr Madden started his career as an assistant coach in 1960 after playing a couple of years for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1958 as an offseason player and practice squad member.

After a successful career as a coach, he quit his role at the Oakland Raiders in 1979 to join the media world.

He started as a football commentator on CBS and quickly began holding interviews with coaches and players, observing practices and studying game film.

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He said Madden NFL was “a way for people to learn the game and participate at a pretty sophisticated level.”

It became a cultural phenomenon and still makes $1.5 billion in annual sales.

John Madden received 16 Sports Emmy Awards throughout his career, including 15 as a top analyst.

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