NFL Hall of Fame Coach John Madden has died at the age of 85.
This is the official statement from the NFL:
NFL ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF JOHN MADDEN
Earlier today we received the sad news that the great John Madden died unexpectedly this morning. He was 85.
“On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “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.”
Memorial service information will be announced when available.
Here’s what fans and celebs are saying about Madden’s passing:
Thanks, Coach pic.twitter.com/jGx8aVdRPj
— Madden NFL 22 (@EAMaddenNFL) December 29, 2021
— NFL (@NFL) December 29, 2021
Hall of Fame coach and broadcasting icon John Madden died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, the NFL announced. He was 85. https://t.co/nmmQPFrXpg
— ESPN (@espn) December 29, 2021
I was saddened to hear about the passing of John Madden, at age 85. One the all-time greats, he showed me the ropes during our brief football partnership. He was always kind and delightful. He can now join his former partner, Pat Summerall, in calling Super Bowls in heaven.
— Vin Scully (@TheVinScully) December 29, 2021
John Madden is a sports icon whose contributions to the game of football are countless. His words brought Philadelphia Eagles football vividly into the homes and hearts of our fans everywhere. We extend our condolences to his family and many friends. pic.twitter.com/MkiI7iakay
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 29, 2021
Today we lost a legend.
Take a look back at Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden’s iconic career. pic.twitter.com/P6MmCHsWnO
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 29, 2021
RIP to the absolute legend John Madden. pic.twitter.com/BhWmOntwOl
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 29, 2021
RIP John Madden … you'll be missed by every generation !🙏 pic.twitter.com/ud2bokRBW1
— Steve Mariucci (@SteveMariucci) December 29, 2021
Rest in Paradise To the 🐐 John Madden!!!! Your legacy will continue to live on ♾!!!!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 29, 2021
— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) December 29, 2021