Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and broadcasting legend John Madden died Tuesday morning, the NFL announced.
He was 85.
“On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “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.”
Madden may have been known most recently for the popular football video games that bear his name, but he always knew what he wanted to be known as.
“People always ask, are you a coach or a broadcaster or a video game guy?” Madden said after his election to the Hall of Fame. “I’m a coach, always been a coach.”
He was hired by Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis in 1969 and at age 32 was given the reins to what became a storied franchise.
He had a 103-32-7 record with the Raiders, making eight playoff appearances and winning seven division titles before achieving his greatest coaching accomplishment, a victory in Super Bowl XI over the Minnesota Vikings. His .759 winning percentage is one of the best of all-time for coaches with more than 100 games.
After stepping down from coaching following the 1978 season, he worked as an analyst for CBS Sports and became known for his partnership with Pat Summerall starting in 1981. CBS lost its NFC television rights to FOX in 1994 so he and Summerall went to the upstart network and worked together through the 2001 season.
Known for his straightforward approach to broadcasting, Madden schooled millions of viewers each week on the fine art of football, using terms like “Doink!” and “Boom!” and even…