Legendary football coach and commentator John Madden has died at the age of 85, the National Football League announced. The league said he died unexpectedly and did not give a cause. People always ask, are you a coach or a broadcaster or a video game guy he told him when he was elected to the Hall of Fame. I am a coach, I have always been a coach.
Madden led the then Oakland Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory in 1977 and became a very popular television analyst after retiring from the coach. He later became the face of Madden NFL Football, one of the most successful sports video games ever. Nobody loved soccer more than the coach,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. There will never be another John Madden, and we will always be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today.
Madden coached the Raiders from 1969 to 1978. He won Super Bowl XI when they went through the 1976 regular season with a 13-1 record. He boasts the best percentage of winning coaches in the NFL who have taken over more than 100 games, but he will perhaps be best remembered for his three-decade career in the comments, after retiring from the coach at just 42 years old. Known for his unassuming style, Madden traveled to games in his own bus because he suffered from claustrophobia. He also developed a fear of flying.
Many younger fans know him as the man who gave his name to Madden NFL, published by EA Sports since 1988. The video game became so influential that some players and coaches learned new tactics by playing it. Madden NFL became famous for its realistic game. but it was four years before he was finally satisfied with the game, insisting that it had to be as realistic as possible. John Madden won 16 Emmy Awards and covered 11 Super Bowls from 1979 to 2009. He was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2006.