Why it matters: Football legend John Madden died unexpectedly Tuesday at the age of 85. For readers of a certain age, John Madden is best known for the popular EA Football video game series. Others may remember him for leading the Raiders to the Super Bowl or for his memorable portrayal as an anchor on any major television network.
John Madden played Football in 1988 and made a prominent appearance in front of the penalty area. This trend continued for more than a decade before EA began putting active NFL players on the cover. However, the Madden name still stands, and continues to this day with the latest installment of the series, Madden NFL 22.
Madden played Football in college but his career took off before he started due to a problem. shortening. He injured his knee during training camp. p>
Fascinated by the game, Madden changed his pace and embarked on a successful coaching career, which eventually led to the Oakland Raiders winning the championship. Super Bowl XI in 1976.
After retiring as a coach, Madonne began his career as a sports broadcaster. From 1979 to 2008, he worked as a player and sang the Super Bowls for every major player. His aversion to flying made him travel everywhere by bus, which he called a crazy cruiser. p>
"No one loves Football more than a coach. It was football. It was an incredible soundboard for me and so many others. There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever be indebted to him for everything he did to make Football and the NFL what he did today.—Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner.
Madden died at his home on December 28, 2021.
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