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John Madden, Hall of Fame NFL coach, broadcaster, and name behind Madden NFL football, died at age 85

John Madden, a Hall of Fame NFL coach, the legendary broadcaster and the name behind Madden NFL football, died at the age of 85.

As reported by NFL.com, Madden died suddenly on Tuesday, December 28, but no further cause has been identified.

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“On behalf of the entire NFL family, we would like to express our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We all know him as an Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame coach and a broadcaster who worked on all major networks, but above all, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

“No one loved football as much as a coach. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board for me and many others. There’s no other John Madden. Never. Today’s NFL “

John Madden was born on April 10, 1936 in Austin, Minnesota and soon became a football star. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 21st round of the 1958 NFL Draft, but had a knee injury in his first training camp and didn’t have the opportunity to play in the NFL.

His dream of playing the NFL ended earlier than he had expected, but he soon found a love for coaching. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Alan Hancock University in 1960 and soon became head coach in 1962. He eventually moved to San Diego before being hired by the NFL by Al Davis as Auckland’s linebacker coach. 1967 assailant.

In 1969, he was promoted to Raiders Head Coach and became the youngest head coach in the NFL at the age of 32. Throughout his time as head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Madden’s record was 103-32-7. 9-7 in the regular season and playoffs. He won his first and only Super Bowl on January 9, 1977 and retired from coaching in 1979, just two years later. In 2006, Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He had a long and successful career in broadcasting and won 16 Emmy Awards, but one of his other greatest fame was lending his name to EA’s Madden NFL football series.

In 1986, EA wanted to create a unique football game, but then-president Trip Hawkins, programmer Robin Atonic, and other staff members came up with the idea on the train John Madden was heading to. I made a suggestion. They soon learned that Madden was not the one who would be willing to give his name.

“If it’s not 11 to 11, it’s not real football,” Madden declared. Due to the limitations of technology at the time, EA was trying to limit the number of players on each side to 6 or 7. Madden didn’t care. “If it’s not real, I wouldn’t give it my name,” Madden said at the time.

Madden worked with the team to provide gamers around the world with a full-fledged NFL experience, from playbooks to gameplay. In 1988, the first John Madden Football was released on the Apple II, beginning to become one of the most successful and profitable franchises of all games.

As of 2021, Madden NFL Football is the only officially licensed NFL video game series, generating over $ 4 billion in sales as of 2013. Since its first game, the series has sold over 250 million copies and hasn’t stopped.

John Madden is survived by his wife Virginia and his two sons Joseph and Michael.

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Adam Bankhurst is an IGN news writer. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst from Cramps.