John Madden dead at 85 – Beloved Hall of Fame coach passes away 'unexpectedly' as NFL posts touching tribute

HALL of Fame Football coach, John Madden died Tuesday morning at the age of 85. 

In a statement by the National Football League, the death was called “unexpected.”

“On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“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.”

Madden was also the namesake of the famous “Madden” video game franchise.

He came 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.

“Nobody loved football more than Coach. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board to me and so many others,” said Goodell.

“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.”

The cause of Madden's death is unknown at this time.

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys called Madden “a very dear friend.”

“When he walked into the room, it was a better day. When he talked, you listened, and you learned. When he laughed, everyone in the room laughed. And when he got back on the bus to leave, you always wanted more.”

According to Jones, no one loved the game more than Madden. “When I think of a person of sports who is worthy of the term, ‘larger than life,’ I have always thought of John. And I always will.”

Most read in Sport


Jordan Pickford's wife Megan Davison reposts 'anti-vax' message online


Ronaldo 'offers himself to Barca and contacted Xavi over Man Utd exit'


Diego Maradona's younger brother Hugo dies aged 52 from cardiac arrest at home


Aston Villa ace Hause reveals five thugs tried to KIDNAP him in horror attack

More to follow…

For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sport news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video.

Like us on Facebook at and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun.

We pay for your stories!

Do you have a story for The US Sun team?

Email us at [email protected] or call 212 416 4552.

Like us on Facebook at and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunUS

    Source: Read Full Article