Friday, May 24, 2024

RIP John Madden, Famed NFL Football Super Bowl Winning Coach and Legendary Broadcaster, Dies at Age 85


John Madden has been such an institution in our lives it’s hard to imagine he could die. But he has, sadly, at age 85.

from the NFL:

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.

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