“Nobody loves football more than Coach. He is football. He’s been a great beacon of light to me and so many others. There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever. forever indebted to him for everything he did to make football and the NFL what it is today.”
In 10 seasons coaching the Raiders, the team never lost a season and he led Oakland to the knockout stages eight times. In January 1977, the team won Super Bowl XI, defeating the Minnesota Vikings 32-14 under Madden’s guidance.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2006.
Madden has provided commentary for NFL games for more than 20 seasons for FOX, CBS, ABC, and NBC. He has won 16 Emmy Awards as Featured Sports Personality/Sports Events Analyst.
His name is associated with one of the best-selling sports video game series – Madden NFL – which began in 1988 as John Madden Football.
Madden was loved for his engaging broadcast style and punctuated his analysis with “Boom!” or “Wham!” or “Doink!”
He gave awards like Team All-Madden and turkey feet to the most valuable players in the games he helped air on Thanksgiving.
His greatest culinary gift may have been when he used the TV podium to show off his love of a dish called turducken – turkey, duck, and chicken that has been sterilized with a number of things.
“When I think of a sports person who deserves the term ‘bigger than life,’ I always think of John. And I always will,” said Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.