A member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame, Madden won Super Bowl XI with the Oakland Raiders as head coach. He led the Oakland team from 1968 to 1978.
In ten seasons at the helm of the Raiders, he has compiled a record of 103 wins, 32 losses and 7 draws.
The Minnesota-born man is also an iconic figure in the sports world due to his work as a television analyst.
Madden has won 16 Emmy Awards during his career with CBS, FOX, ABC and NBC. He participated in the broadcast of 11 Super Bowl games.
Since 1988, it has also lent its name to the popular video game franchise Madden, under the EA Sports banner.
The league said Madden died suddenly, but the cause of death has not been released. He is survived by his wife Virgina and his sons Mike and Joe.
On behalf of the great NFL family, we offer our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their familiessaid NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
We all know him as the Hall of Fame Raiders coach and analyst who worked for all the major networks, but more than anything he was also a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.
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A great career in television
Madden began his career on the press gallery at CBS after retiring from coaching, partly because of his fear of flying. The duo he formed with Pat Summerall quickly established themselves as the main network description team.
He then helped Fox gain credibility when he joined his broadcast team in 1994, and then analyzed prime-time games for ABC and NBC. He described his last game in the 2009 Super Bowl.
I don’t know anyone who had a more significant impact on the NFL than John Madden, and I don’t know anyone who loved football more than him.Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement.
Even after his retirement as an analyst, Madden continued to garner praise from colleagues for his passion, preparation, and ability to simply explain complicated games.
No one has ever made the sport more interesting, more relevant, and more fun to watch and listen to than John, had summed up the descriptor Al Michaels at the time of the announcement of Madden’s retirement.
Madden grew up in Daly City, California. He played on the offensive and defensive lines for Cal Poly University in 1957-58 and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees there.
Madden was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, but a knee injury ended his hopes for a playing career. Instead, he headed to the sidelines as a coach at Hancock Junior College and as a defensive coordinator at San Diego State University.
Al Davis brought him with the Raiders in 1967 as a linebacker coach, and Oakland’s roster reached the Super Bowl in his first year on the pro. Madden replaced John Rauch as head coach after the 1968 season, at the age of 32. It was there that he began a remarkable 10-year streak.
I always thought his strong point was his style as a head coach, quarterback Ken Stabler has previously said.
John just had a knack for letting us be who we wanted to be, on and off the court. How do you reward him for acting like this? You win for him.
And they did. For several years, the only problem was the playoffs.
Madden was 12-1-1 in her debut season, but lost the American final at 17-7 to the Kansas City Chiefs. This situation repeated itself during his tenure as head coach. The Raiders have won the divisional title in seven of their first eight seasons, but they were 1-6 in the semifinals during that time.
The Raiders finally took it to the next level in 1976, when the squad was made up of several talented players in many positions. They had a 13-1 season, losing only in the fourth week of operations, to the New England Patriots.
The Raiders beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-7 in the American Association final. They then defeated the Minnesota Vikings 32-14 to win the Super Bowl.
Players loved to play for him, said offensive lineman Art Shell.
He made camp fun for us and the season too. All he wanted was for us to be on time and to play really well when it came time to jump on the pitch.
Madden struggled with an ulcer the following season, when the Raiders again lost in the American final. He retired from coaching at 42 after a 9-7 season in 1978.