John Madden's unexpected death shakes up NFL world

NFL legend John Madden dead at age 85 | Breaking

Hall of Fame football coach and broadcasting legend died Tuesday morning.

John Madden’s death on Tuesday appeared to resonate with several celebrities, sports figures and entertainers as they took to social media to remember the legendary head coach and face of the “Madden NFL” video game franchise.

Madden, whose cause of death was not immediately revealed, died at the age of 85. He rose to fame as coach of the Oakland Raiders, making it to seven AFC title games and winning the Super Bowl after the 1976 season.

Head Coach John Madden, of the Oakland Raiders, on the sidelines during a game on November 2, 1969 against the Cincinnati Bengals at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
(Diamond Images/Getty Images)

John Madden, head coach of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after the Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI on January 9, 1977 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Raiders won the Super Bowl 32-14.
(Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

He retired from coaching over an ulcer issue and general burnout from the job.

He would then join the other side of the sport — in the commentating booth. First for CBS, then FOX and later ABC and NBC. During his commentating career from 1979 to 2008, he was one of the biggest broadcasters in sports.

He was known for his quick wit and the way he was able to dissect plays, adding where he felt necessary his patented “BOOM!”

Madden’s legacy lives on through all aspects of the sport. He helped make Thanksgiving Day football must-see TV. He would award the best players of the game with a turkey leg, a tradition that still lives on during the various broadcasts presently.

Former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden speaks about former quarterback Ken Stabler, pictured at rear, at a ceremony honoring Stabler during halftime of an NFL football game between the Raiders and the Cincinnati Bengals in Oakland, Calif., on Sept. 13, 2015.
(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Madden finished his career as a 16-time Emmy Award winner. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

His cause of death was not revealed.

Source: Read Full Article