Oakland Raider Coach and Broadcaster, John Madden passed away at 85
On Tuesday evening, December 28, the NFL announced that Madden, Former Oakland Raiders head coach, and broadcaster passed away unexpectedly at age 85.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe, and their families,” “We all know him as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
“Nobody loved football more than Coach. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board to me and so many others. There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today.”
Dallas Cowboy owner Jerry Jones stated, "I am not aware of anyone who has made a more meaningful impact on the National Football League than John Madden, and I know of no one who loved the game more,''
"No one has made the sport more interesting, more relevant and more enjoyable to watch and listen to than John,'' play-by-play announcer Al Michaels stated.
Madden rode from game to game in his own bus because he suffered from claustrophobia and had stopped flying. For a time, Madden awarded a "turducken'' -- a chicken stuffed inside a duck stuffed inside a turkey and as many as eight drumsticks to players of the winning team during the Thanksgiving Day game.
Rest in peace John. We will miss your football play-by-play.
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