Madden, 85, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, according to the league.
“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 Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but most of all, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
“No one loved football more than coach. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board for 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.”
In 10 seasons as the Raiders’ coach, the team had no losing seasons and led Oakland to the playoffs eight times. In January 1977, the team won Super Bowl XI, beating the Minnesota Vikings 32-14 led by Madden.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Madden has commented on NFL games for over 20 seasons for FOX, CBS, ABC, and NBC. He won 16 Emmys as Outstanding Sports Personality/Sports Event Analyst.
His name is associated with one of the best-selling sports video game series — Madden NFL — which began in 1988 as John Madden Football.
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