The NFL announced on Tuesday the death of John Madden at the age of 85 , one of the greatest legends of the NFL, Hall of Famer and Super Bowl XI champion with the Oakland Raiders.
“We received the news that this day the great John Madden passed away, he was 85 years old. On behalf of the entire NFL we extend our condolences to his family “, were the words of the commissioner Roger Goodell, in the statement released by the league.
Goodell acknowledged the trajectory both on the pitch and commentator of the former coach.
“We all know him as the Oakland Raiders Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster that he worked for all the main chains , but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather “, stressed the manager.
Madden was born in 1936. He was a prominent offensive lineman at San Mateo College in California.
Arrived at professional football in 1958, selected by the Philadelphia Eagles, with whom he was only one season due to a knee injury that ended his career as a player.
Four years later, at the age of 26 he became in assistant coach at Allan Hancock College to make the jump in 1963 to San Diego State as a defensive assistant.
His speedy Rise in technical leadership led him to the NFL in 1967 when the Oakland Raiders hired him to coach their linebackers, a year later Oakland would reach its first Super Bowl.
His work was recognized by Al Davis, owner of the team, who gave him the opportunity to coach the Raiders at only 32 years old, which made him the youngest coach in history of the league. He reached 100 victories as a coach in just 10 years.
As a coach he never had a losing season, including postseason games. In the year he won the first Super Bowl in Raiders history, his record was 13-1.
In 1978 he retired from the pitch and began a successful career as a sportscaster.
John Madden became the image of the well-known video game that is currently known as “Madden” in 1988 when the Electronic Arts company proposed to him the project that ended with the popu The game of which more than 135 million copies have been sold.