NFL.com brought the serious news that John Madden is dead. He was 85 and no cause is given at this time.
In a statement, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell offered condolences to Madden’s family and tried to honor the gigantic influence he had on the game: “No one loved football more than coaching. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board for me and so many others there. will never be a John Madden again and we will forever hold him accountable for everything he did to make football and the NFL what it is today. “
John Madden was a true legend in the game of football, whether he was a coach or a commentator. His love of the game was contagious and helped make the NFL what it is today. He also played an integral role in the design of the Madden NFL games, which started in 1998 and served as a sophisticated educational tool for the game in his eyes. The franchise has proven to be one of the most enduring in gaming history, an exact approximation of the sport that became an entirely unique phenomenon.
A separate statement from EA via their Twitter account also mourned the loss of Madden. “Today we lost a hero. John Madden was synonymous with the sport of football for more than 50 years,” the statement read. “A humble champion, a willing teacher and forever a coach. Our hearts and sympathies go out to John’s family, friends and millions of fans. “
Madden leaves behind his wife Virginia and his sons Michael and Joseph.