John Madden, the Hall of Fame mentor turned telecaster whose extravagant calls joined with straightforward clarifications gave a week after week soundtrack to NFL games for quite some time, died Tuesday morning, the NFL said. He was 85.
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Reason of Death?
John Madden died unexpectedly at age 85. At this time, no cause of death has been released.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell paid tribute to the icon, writing:
“On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families. We all know him as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.”
Goodell continued, “Nobody loved football more than Coach. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board to me and so many others.”
“There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today.”
Madden wore multiple hats throughout his career.
He became the youngest head coach in pro football when he was hired to coach the Raiders, leading them to victory against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, and finished his career with a 103-32-7 record.
He has the all-time highest winning percentage among all coaches who won at least 100 games.
After his career as a Hall of Fame coach ended he moved over to broadcasting.
His broadcasts provided a weekly soundtrack covering NFL games for over three decades.
Madden has also dabbled in the video game industry and the video game series Madden NFL pays homage to the football legend in its name.
Celebrity Net Worth states that Madden’s net worth was $200 million.
John Madden met his wife Virginia Fields at a bar in Pismo Beach, California. At the time the pair where both enrolled at California Polytechnic University where they were studying to earn their masters degree.
The two got married shortly after and settled down in Pleasanton, California where they raised their sons Joseph and Michael.
The couple remained together for over a half-century before John’s unexpected passing.