NFL great John Madden dies at 85


Former NFL coach John Madden, who guided the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl victory before embarking on a successful broadcasting career and pioneering a blockbuster video game franchise, has died.

In a statement about the passing of Madden, he was described as a beloved broadcaster, who was later involved as the voice of the smash hit “Madden NFL” video game series, that his remarkable achievements as a coach have often been overlooked.

“Nobody loved football more than Coach,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

“He was football.”

The league said Madden died “unexpectedly” on Tuesday morning, but did not give a cause of death.

“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,” said Goodell.


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