Legendary commentator, television personality and NFL Hall of Fame coach John Madden has passed away today at the age of 85.
Madden was best known for his role in the NFL as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 1969-1978, where he led the team to the 1976 Super Bowl XI victory. He later became a memorable and pompous TV presenter for CBS, Fox, ABC and NBC, covering weekly NFL games. Along with his memorable promotions for companies such as Tough Actin ‘Tinactin in his various film and television episodes, he has been an almost inevitable part of American culture for over 30 years after his successful coaching career.
We also know John Madden from his years of involvement in video games, having a franchise emblazoned with his name, starting with John Madden’s football in 1988. For 23 years, he gave his name, likeness, and often his voice and infectious personality to games developed by Electronic Arts, now known as Madden NFL. He has an indelible legacy in the world of sports, video games and culture in general. The least we can say is thank you, John, for years of sharing knowledge with players and audiences for endless fun and for playing such an important role in making video games the way they are today.
Our condolences to John’s wife Virginia, their sons Michael and Joseph, and their families, friends, and loved ones who knew John.