NFL legend John Madden dies at 85!
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John Earl Madden, a legendary American football coach, and sportscaster, has died at the age of 85. "On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to (wife) Virginia, (son) Mike, (Son) Joe and their families," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, as quoted by CNN "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. " John Madden was the head coach of Allan Hancock, San Diego State, but mostly stayed at the Oakland Riders with whom he achieved much success.
He also worked as a color analyst for CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC
The Raiders also expressed their condolences via social media: "Few individuals meant as much to the growth and popularity of professional football as Coach Madden, whose impact on the game both on and off the field was immeasurable." In addition, many important people from the world of NFL and sports expressed their condolences to the family and emphasized how important Madden was for this sport: When I think of a person of sports who is worthy of the term, 'greater than life,' I have always thought of John.
And I always will, "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "John Madden really was the epitome of the NFL and brought the NFL into everyone's home at the time it was exploding in our consciousness," CNN sports analyst and USA Today columnist Christine Brennan told CNN's Jim Acosta.
Madden had something to say at the induction into the Hall of Fame: "I just want to say in closing that it's been a great ride," he said. "I want to thank everyone who has been along for any part of it.
"Speaking of great rides, I was lucky enough to be carried off the field after we won Super Bowl XI." "I was told it took like five or six guys to lift me up, then they dropped me.
But that's OK, because that was me and that was them. They aren't going to carry me off. You carry him off for a while, boom! You dump him on the ground. But it was the happiest moment of my life. "