This is a sad afternoon for the world of sport. We say it because the news of the death of John Madden, an NFL legend who was a player, coach and commentator for the most important international football league, broke out.
Through a statement, the NFL confirmed that John Madden passed away “unexpectedly” on the morning of December 28, 2021. The legendary icon of American sports was 85 years old at the time of his death.
“On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families. We all know him as the Oakland Raiders’ Hall of Fame coach and communicator who worked for every major broadcaster, but more than that, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Nobody loved soccer as much as Coach. He was soccer. He was an incredible interlocutor for me and many others. There will never be another John Madden and we will always be indebted to him for doing everything he did to make football and the NFL what they are today, “NFL Commissioner Roger Coodell said in a statement.
The NFL is saddened to share the passing of the legendary John Madden. He was 85. pic.twitter.com/MxLFYLfY8k
— NFL (@NFL) December 29, 2021
John Madden, a legend, has passed away at 85. pic.twitter.com/1moYjueROe
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 29, 2021
In the sports world, John Madden was a player who had a short career because of injuries. That said, he stood out as a coach who led the Oakland Riders to win the SuperBowl XI in 1976, a fact that made him a legend. Years later, he began a career as a commentator on various television networks.
John Madden also made his mark on the gaming world
John Madden is so important to football that his name is synonymous with the sport. In fact, Madden, the Electronic Arts video game franchise, is named after the former coach. It is a video game franchise that has sold more than 250 million copies worldwide and has generated revenues of over $ 4000 million.
An extremely important point is that John Madden not only lent his name to the video game franchise, but was key in its creation. We say this since in 1984, Trip Hawkings, founder of EA, approached Madden to ask for permission to use his name in the franchise and also to supervise the creation of the game. The former coach agreed and worked hard to make the first installment in the series as realistic as possible. This caused John Madden Football debuted until 1988. From then on, the icon of the NFL offered his experience and knowledge to the development of the saga.
We at LEVEL UP wish John Madden have peace on his final break. We also send our condolences to his family and loved ones.
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