• Home
  • News
  • Entertainment
  • LAD Originals

To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now

NFL Icon John Madden Has Died At 85

Stewart Perrie


NFL Icon John Madden Has Died At 85

NFL icon John Madden has died at the age of 85.

The sport's commissioner explained how the legend defined the very essence of American Football.

Roger Goodell said: "On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families.

"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 played college football before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 21st round of the 1958 NFL draft.


He suffered a devastating leg injury before his career could kick off and he then turned his sights to coaching.

John started with Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, Califorina and San Diego State.

He was a Hall of Fame coach with the Oakland Raiders in the 1970s and spent three decades being one of the NFL's best broadcaster.

John's name has even been passed down to the most current generation after his last name was used for the NFL video game franchise.

Featured Image Credit: Stan Szeto/Cal Sport Media/Alamy Live News

Topics: SPORT, News, NFL

Stewart Perrie
More like this

Chosen for YouChosen for You


Rio Ferdinand forced to leave studio during Champions League game due to 'unforeseen circumstances'

3 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Grace Dent has quit I'm A Celebrity

2 days ago