NFL legend and video game icon John Madden turns 85 years old

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John Madden, the Hall of Fame coach of the then Oakland Raiders, has passed away at the age of 85. The winner of the Super Bowl in 1977 would continue to have a wildly successful radio career, resulting in EA Sports signed him as the face of its American football simulations – a role he has retained to this day. Madden is now synonymous with video games, as well as the NFL as a whole.

In a twist of serendipity, FOX Sports released a highly publicized documentary about Madden’s life and career on Christmas Day. “No one loved football more than coaching,” league commissioner Roger Goddell said in a statement. “There will never be a John Madden again and we will forever be grateful to him for everything he did to make football and the NFL what it is today.”

EA Sports has also released its own tribute: “Today we lost a hero. John Madden was synonymous with the sport of football for more than 50 years. His knowledge of the game was second to none in his love for it, and his appreciation of everyone who ever stepped on the grid. A humble master, a willing teacher and forever a coach. ”

While Madden’s role has been reduced in more modern NFL games from EA Sports, his presence has always been there, and recently he has been available as an unlockable coach in the Ultimate Team. We suspect that next year’s match, Madden NFL 23, will offer a fitting tribute to the football icon. “He will be greatly missed, always remembered and never forgotten,” EA Sports concluded.

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