John Madden Dies: NFL Coach, Longtime Broadcaster & Video Game Namesake Was 85

john maddenprolific, successful NFL The coach who became a broadcast-booth legend and pitchman and later gave his name to the wildly successful to annoy NFL The video game franchise passed away today. He was 85 years old.

He died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, the National Football League said.

During a decade leading the Oakland Raiders, a Super Bowl winner and the second-most winning coach in NFL history, Madden retired from coaching at just 42 years old, citing burnout and health concerns. After a stint teaching at UC Berkeley, he moved to the broadcast booth, where he would make his most enduring identity.

Madden became the youngest coach in NFL history when he took over the Oakland Raiders at age 32 in 1969 after two seasons as the team’s linebackers coach. He became the NFL Coach of the Year that season and led the Raiders to the Super Bowl title after the 1976 season. He would post a career winning percentage of .759 over 10 seasons – the best ever for coaches with at least 100 wins. His team won 17 consecutive games during the 1976 and ’77 seasons, one short of the league record. He ended his career with a record of 103–32–7.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

“Coaching Isn’t Work,” His Hall of Fame bio Quote Madden as saying. “It’s more than a job. It’s a way of life… No one should go into coaching unless he can live without it… Football is what I am. I’m not in it to earn a living.” Was gone or because I enjoyed it. There’s more to it than just enjoying it. I’m totally obsessed with football, totally into it. I’m not into gardening…or any other hobby. I don’t fish or hunt. I’m into football.”

Born on April 10, 1936, in Austin, MN, Madden began his coaching career at Hancock Junior College in Northern California and was the defensive coordinator for San Diego State from 1964–66. As a player, Madden was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, but a knee injury during his rookie season ended his career.

John Madden and Pat Summerall with the Lombardi Trophy from the Super Bowl in 1997
Everett Collection

In 1979, shortly after being sidelined in the NFL, Madden joined CBS Play as a color commentator. By 1981 he joined Pat Summerall on the network’s No. 1 NFL announcement team, and he remained on the CBS A-Team until 1993, when Fox The TV rights to the NFL landed. Madden and Summerall then joined the nascent network and team until 2001.

Loud, smiling and often immaculate, Madden made herself somehow endearing to the audience. Among them was his tendency to point out what’s going on between the “big guys”, and “boom!” E.g. shouting phrases are freely positioned. and “Whoop!” He was a perfect foil for ex-NFL kicker Summerall’s generally low-key play-by-play.

Madden joins ABC monday night football Booth in 2002 doing color commentary with Al Michaels. Then in 2005, Dick Ebersol lured former coach to color for NBC. Sunday Night Football – Making Madden the first sportscaster to work for all of the “Big Four” TV networks. He would eventually call nine Super Bowl games, and his final act was Super Bowl XLIII for NBC in 2009.

During his time in the broadcast booth, Madden would develop another following as an enthusiastic pitch for Miller Lite, who featured in beer commercials of the 1970s and ’80s by some of the sporting world’s biggest – or at least the most colorful – names. attracted to. The most popular, and, frankly, hilarious of these, was the 1982 “All-Star” ad, which featured the “Taste Great” and “Les Filling” sides in a heated bowling tournament. The minute-long ad ended with Rodney Dangerfield receiving no respect from the pin and then Madden “busting” the screen to complain, loudly, “Hey! It’s not my turn!”

As if all that wasn’t enough for a game’s lifetime, Madden would become the first — or, rather, the last — name in sports video games.

Electronic Arts’ first edition john madden football Started in 1988, and EA Sports has released a new version every year since 1990. madden nfl In 1993, the game sold over 100 million units and generated billions of dollars in revenue. It continues to be a strong seller annually, with madden nfl 2022 Coming last August 31st.

Madden’s self-deprecating choice made him a favorite of documentaries, talk shows and, in one instance, music-video casting directors. He also appears prominently in U2’s American football-themed US video for “Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out”. 2001 clip from Irish band’s album all that you can’t leave behind Opens with Madden doing commentary for a “game” between Lemon and the Flies. Watch the clip here: