John Madden, football legend, passed away earlier this week at the age of 85. Madden had the biggest impact on the sport out of anyone who never played in the NFL. He originally made his name as a coach, winning a Super Bowl in the 1970s with the Raiders. His influence was even more pronounced in the broadcast booth. The longtime broadcaster became synonymous with big games, and his passion and enthusiasm resonated with football fans.
But his legacy is even bigger in the gaming world, where his namesake “Madden” franchise was one of the most popular titles in EA Sports history and the default football game for gamers everywhere.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said “no one loved football more than Coach. He was football.”
“There will never be another John Madden, and we will be forever indebted for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today.”
NFL legend John Madden died unexpected this morning. He was 85. pic.twitter.com/FoC1mAzoF6
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 29, 2021
Hall of Fame coach.
Hall of Fame broadcaster, probably best color man in NFL history.
Millions got hooked on football with the Madden video game. Still huge today.
RIP to a legend.
He didn’t play … yet he might be the most influential person in football history.
— Peter King (@peter_king) December 29, 2021
NFL announces that the great John Madden has passed away.
Known as a coach to one generation.
A broadcaster to another.
A video game icon to another.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 29, 2021
“Football has been my life, and it’s given me so much.”
Rest in peace to the legendary John Madden 🙏 pic.twitter.com/0XYD9FbXhF
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) December 29, 2021
I was saddened to hear about the passing of John Madden, at age 85. One the all-time greats, he showed me the ropes during our brief football partnership. He was always kind and delightful. He can now join his former partner, Pat Summerall, in calling Super Bowls in heaven.
— Vin Scully (@TheVinScully) December 29, 2021
A coaching legend. A broadcasting icon. Beloved by football fans everywhere.
Remembering John Madden. pic.twitter.com/6jbIl1kdZq
— NFL (@NFL) December 29, 2021
Few approached life with the joy of legendary football coach & broadcaster John Madden. A colleague at CBS, he was a gentleman with a boisterous sense of humor. On the sidelines & in the booth, this voluble mountain of energy was a trailblazer. A golden era ends with his passing.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) December 29, 2021
The best tribute is often the simplest.
John Madden was the best to ever do it
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) December 29, 2021