An enormous loss. NFL icon John Madden “died unexpectedly” at age 85 on Tuesday, December 28, the league confirms.
“On behalf of your complete NFL household, we lengthen our condolences to [his wife] Virginia, [their sons] Mike [and] Joe and their households,” commissioner Roger Goodell famous in a press release shared through Twitter. “Everyone knows him because the Corridor of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who labored for each main community, however greater than something, he was a faithful husband, father and grandfather.”
Goodell, who has been head of the NFL since 2006, continued: “No one liked soccer greater than Coach. He was soccer. He was an unbelievable sounding board to me and so many others. There’ll by no means be one other John Madden, and we are going to eternally be indebted to him for all he did to make soccer and the NFL what it’s right this moment.”
The tribute reassured followers that info relating to a memorial service for the Minnesota native can be “introduced when out there.”
Condolences from fellow soccer stars and different sports activities personalities got here flooding in after the information made headlines. “While you suppose NFL soccer, you suppose John Madden,” former New England Patriots participant Julian Edelman tweeted. “RIP to a Legend.”
LeBron James wrote, “Relaxation in Paradise To the Goat John Madden!!!! Your legacy will proceed to dwell on Infinity!!!!!”
Madden was inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2006, two years earlier than he retired from broadcasting. All through his on-camera profession, he appeared on all 4 of the most important networks: CBS, Fox, ABC and NBC. The commentator was additionally identified for the extensively standard Madden NFL online game sequence, which he started to champion in 1988.
Whereas Madden was injured earlier than getting an opportunity to play professionally — he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958 — he maintained a profitable monitor document as a coach, beginning on the faculty stage in 1960. He was later requested to hitch the employees of the Oakland Raiders, the place he was head coach from 1969 to 1978. The California workforce gained Tremendous Bowl XI in 1977 underneath his management.
“I at all times thought his robust swimsuit was his fashion of teaching,” late quarterback Ken Stabler, who was a part of the Tremendous Bowl XI workforce, as soon as stated, per ESPN. “John simply had an important knack for letting us be what we wished to be, on the sphere and off the sphere. … How do you repay him for being that means? You win for him.”