Legendary NFL head coach John Madden has passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning at the age of 85. The cause of death is yet to be announced.
Madden was best known for his decade-long run as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 1969-1978. He led the team to Super Bowl victory in 1977 against the Minnesota Vikings. Madden is widely regarded as one of the greatest NFL coaches of all time.
“On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe, and their families,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in the statement from the NFL. “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.”
He continued: “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.”
The coach’s legacy is lived on through the popular Madden NFL video game, founded in 1988. Madden is survived by his wife Virginia, and his two sons, Joseph and Michael.