HENDERSON, Nev. — Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer John Madden died Tuesday at the age of 85, abandoning an influential legacy that stretched from the sidelines as a decadelong coach of the Oakland Raiders to a few a long time within the broadcast sales space to a transcendent online game bearing his identify.
Madden, an unknown 32-year-old linebacker coach who was promoted by Al Davis in 1969, was the 1969 AFL coach of the yr and led the Raiders by way of the 1978 season. In 10 years beneath Madden, the Raiders gained seven division titles and Tremendous Bowl XI. His .759 profitable share (103-32-7) within the common season is the best by any coach in NFL historical past (minimal 100 video games). He additionally was 9-7 within the postseason and was on the sidelines for such seminal video games as The Immaculate Reception, The Sea of Palms, Ghost to the Publish and The Holy Curler.
Citing burnout, Madden retired from teaching and have become a broadcaster identified for his demonstrative and everyman calls corresponding to “Increase!” getting into the lexicon. He labored with CBS from 1979 to 1994, with Fox till 2002, ABC till 2006 and NBC till 2009.
Youthful generations of followers, although, know Madden from the omnipresent online game that bears his identify and has bought round 200 million copies since its launch in 1988.
Madden was inducted into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 2006 and was introduced by Al Davis.
“He Was A Raider !!!” Raiders proprietor Mark Davis texted to ESPN.com.
Madden’s dying elicited responses from the sports activities world giving their ideas and tributes:
Thanks, Coach pic.twitter.com/jGx8aVdRPj
— Madden NFL 22 (@EAMaddenNFL) December 29, 2021
Relaxation In Peace to a Legend! Prayers to the Madden Household. 🙏🏽 https://t.co/4zvhu5vEUd
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) December 29, 2021
Absolute legend amongst legends.
Relaxation In Peace Mr. Madden.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 29, 2021
An icon to the sport of soccer
Relaxation In Peace https://t.co/y9LlqN5xBX
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) December 29, 2021
Relaxation in heaven John Madden!! True definition of legendary!! Thanks for all you probably did for the sport I like with all my coronary heart!! And you’re a massive motive for that!!
— Mark Ingram II (@markingramII) December 29, 2021
Rip John Madden🙏🏼
— MaddMaxx (@CrosbyMaxx) December 29, 2021
NOT MADDEN………… 😫😫😫😢😢😢
— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) December 29, 2021
“The highway to Straightforward Road goes by way of the sewer.” — John Madden, RIP.
— Cooper Kupp (@CooperKupp) December 29, 2021
R.I.P. John Madden🙏🏾 A True Legend!
The most important soccer icon of all of them 👑
Thanks for making the best sports activities sport to ever be performed🐐
— ⚡️Primetime!!!⚡️ (@Joe_MainMixon) December 29, 2021
We misplaced a bigger than life legend in John Madden. My profession was narrated by “Coach”, among the best within the sport.
I am going to all the time keep in mind our pre-game mtgs, after we laughed & talked about something however soccer. I am going to miss my pricey pal.
Love & prayers to Virginia & the household. pic.twitter.com/DImjAbUTGI
— Brett Favre (@BrettFavre) December 29, 2021
RIP to an unbelievable man and coach, John Madden. My ideas and prayers are together with his family members and Raider Nation🙏🏿
— Jerome Bettis (@JeromeBettis36) December 29, 2021
While you suppose NFL soccer, you suppose John Madden.
RIP to a Legend. pic.twitter.com/8JYH7H9GKW
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) December 29, 2021
— Lance Briggs (@LanceBriggs) December 29, 2021
I all the time beloved sitting down & speaking with the Legend #JohnMadden – he was bigger than life within the NFL world… however what left a bigger impression upon me was the character of the person! Honored to have performed in final SB he would name within the sales space… We love u & we’ll miss you Coach!
— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) December 29, 2021
Relaxation In Peace John Madden, one of the influential figures in sports activities historical past https://t.co/o3Xpj9V7qB
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 29, 2021
Relaxation in Paradise To the 🐐 John Madden!!!! Your legacy will proceed to dwell on ♾!!!!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 29, 2021
RIP to the legend John Madden ..
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) December 29, 2021
There has by no means been an individual extra part of your life and by no means bodily in your life. John Madden was the person! RIP coach, commentator, legend pic.twitter.com/h7axywempA
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) December 29, 2021
John Madden was a real soccer man. RIP, Coach.
— Mike Tomlin (@CoachTomlin) December 29, 2021
I used to be saddened to listen to in regards to the passing of John Madden, at age 85. One the all-time greats, he confirmed me the ropes throughout our transient soccer partnership. He was all the time sort and pleasant. He can now be a part of his former accomplice, Pat Summerall, in calling Tremendous Bowls in heaven.
— Vin Scully (@TheVinScully) December 29, 2021
OMG the best analyst of all time of any sport handed at the moment – JOHN MADDEN – On the planet of TV it does not get any higher than Coach Madden – legend -icon & GOAT / Pls Might Coach Madden RIP ! @TheMontagGroup @CBSSports
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) December 29, 2021
So unhappy to listen to this.
Such a fan of his-Rising up in my period it was Pat Summerall & John Madden on Sunday.
Irrespective of who your crew was-changed the sport of how soccer video games have been broadcasted.
Legend as a coach and a broadcaster-My ideas & prayers together with his household & pals. 🙏🏼 https://t.co/wVKbWySrtF
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 29, 2021
massive a part of why everybody my age thinks each soccer colour commentator is wack is as a result of we grew up with john madden. man set an unreachable commonplace.
— bomani (@bomani_jones) December 29, 2021
😔RIP John Madden. What an unbelievable life pic.twitter.com/z9h2YKEHts
— danawhite (@danawhite) December 29, 2021