John Madden, the Hall of Fame quarterback and former Raiders coach and television commentator, has died at the age of 85. To this day, Madden has the best win record among coaches who have led more than 100 NFL games.
Madden guided the Oakland Raiders to victory in the Super Bowl in 1976, but he also had a long career as a sportscaster.
John Madden Dies Aged 85
Following the announcement of John Madden’s passing, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated in a statement:
The annual NFL video games produced by EA in his honor are a testament to his legacy. He is also a best-selling author.
In 2006, Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where he stated: “People always ask if I’m a coach or a broadcaster or a video game guy. I’ve always been a coach.”
Why Did John Madden Quit Coaching?
At a news conference in 1978, 42-year-old John Madden announced his retirement from coaching, citing a worsening ulcer ailment and stating, “I’ve given it everything I have and just don’t have anything left.”
During his announcement, Madden refuted rumours that he was set to coach elsewhere and said:
“I’m retiring from football coaching, and I’m never going to coach again in my life. This type of thing is easy to talk about, but it’s never easy to do.”
“I’m an Oakland Raider, I always will be an Oakland Raider, and I never respected people who moved from team to team. Loyalty has always been an important thing and trait of mine and it will continue to prevail.”