John Madden coaching the Oakland Raiders. Photo: NFL.com

Hall of Fame NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden has tragically passed away at the age of 85. During his 10 years coaching the Oakland Raiders, Madden earned a record of 103-32-7, making him the most winningest coach in modern history. His best season came in 1976 when he led Oakland to a regular-season record of 13-1 and demolished the postseason competition, winning Super Bowl XI. 

Despite his uber-successful coaching career, Madden will perhaps be most remembered for his broadcasting career that spanned for three decades. Madden began covering NFL games for CBS in 1979, where he worked until Fox gained the rights to NFC games in 1994, making Madden a “free agent.” By this point, Madden was so well established that Fox, ABC and NBC made offers higher than the two million dollar a year maximum for sportscaster salaries. Ultimately, Madden decided to join the Fox team where he worked for seven years. Following the expiration of his Fox contract, Madden would have short stints with ABC Sports and NBC Sports before retiring in 2009. By the end of his broadcasting career, Madden had won 16 Emmy Awards for outstanding sports analyst/personality and covered 11 Super Bowls. 

Madden’s name will never be forgotten, as the Madden NFL series still dominates the gaming industry. In 1988, Madden lent his name and voice to EA Sports to create the John Madden Football video game. Last year, Madden NFL 2022 was the third highest-selling video game, and Madden NFL 2005 holds the title of the 11th highest-selling video game of all time. 

John Madden embodied the brotherhood that is football and positively impacted the lives of his players and colleagues. “I am not aware of anyone who has made a more meaningful impact on the National Football League than John Madden, and I know of no one who loved the game more,” said Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

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