John Madden Dies At 85

John Madden
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The Hall of Fame coach and all time great broadcaster, John Madden, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning. He was 85.

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

Madden will of course be remembered for his time as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. During his tenure as head coach, Madden led the Raiders to a Super Victory in 1977. Madden finished with a record of 103-32-7.

Madden will also be remembered for his prolific career as a sports broadcaster. During his broadcasting career, Madden spent time with NBC, Fox, ABC, and CBS. Madden retired from broadcasting after the 2008 season.

Madden impacted millions of people through his work. No one was as passionate about football as he was. He will be deeply missed.

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