John Madden, the Tremendous-Bowl-winning former coach and high-profile broadcaster, has died on the age of 85.
The influential sports activities persona was the top coach of the Oakland Raiders for ten Nationwide Soccer League (NFL) seasons, main them to Tremendous Bowl victory in 1977.
By the point he was 42, Madden was the youngest coach to succeed in 100 profession regular-season victories – which he achieved in simply 10 full seasons. He’s nonetheless the coach with essentially the most wins in Raiders historical past.
The NFL introduced Madden’s surprising demise on Tuesday and didn’t element the trigger.
In an announcement, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated of Madden: “No one cherished soccer greater than Coach He was soccer.
“He was an unimaginable sounding board to me and so many others.
“There’ll by no means be one other John Madden, and we’ll ceaselessly be indebted to him for all he did to make soccer and the NFL what it’s at this time.”
Following his retirement as a coach at 42, Madden grew to become a family title throughout the US for his soccer commentary.
For 3 a long time Madden was a revered sport broadcaster and analyst, successful 16 Emmy Awards for excellent sports activities analyst/persona and masking 11 Tremendous Bowls between 1979-2009.
Fellow veteran commentator Vin Scully expressed disappointment over the information of Madden’s demise, tweeting: “One [of] the all-time greats, he confirmed me the ropes throughout our temporary soccer partnership. He was all the time type and pleasant. He can now be a part of his former accomplice, Pat Summerall, in calling Tremendous Bowls in heaven.”
In an announcement, the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame stated Madden’s “relentless ardour for the sport & distinctive profession will depart an indelible mark on the game ceaselessly”.
Dallas Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones added: “I’m not conscious of anybody who has made a extra significant impression on the Nationwide Soccer League than John Madden, and I do know of nobody who cherished the sport extra.”