There are NFL icons and then there is John Madden.
Madden defined the definition of size. From humble beginnings to a legendary name, Madden’s legacy continues after his untimely death this week at the age of 85.
Madden The Coach
When the Oakland Raiders and their owner Al Davis took the chance at the age of 32 for a young Madden to become their head coach. Madden won over 100 games as the Raiders’ head coach, including a Super Bowl in 1977. Six of those ten seasons, the Raiders won 10 or more games. Madden retired from coaching at the age of 42.
Madden The Commentator
You’d just been lucky enough to have a career in the hall of fame, but Madden found the second on the radio. Madden has been a color commentator for CBS, FOX, ABC, and NBC. He called at least one Super Bowl on every network and a total of 11 Super Bowls in his broadcasting career. Madden won 16 Emmy Awards during that time. To this day, Madden is still the best play-by-play NFL commentator to ever view an NFL game. NFL players took pride in knowing when Madden called their games on Sundays.
Madden The Video Game Phenom
In 1986, Electronic Arts wanted to create a one-of-a-kind football game, and when they introduced the idea to Madden, he said, “If it’s not 11v11, it’s not real football.” EA was served for a 6v6 fast-paced soccer video game. Fortunately, they hear Madden and the rest would become a revolutionary video game story. Madden would work with the EA team to create an authentic NFL experience. The first Madden video game was released in 1988. Currently, Madden NFL Football is the only officially licensed NFL video game. Madden achieved the rare triple act in life and will be remembered for generations.