John Madden dead latest – Oakland Raiders issues statement after NFL legend, 85, dies unexpectedly

THE Oakland Raiders released a statement after NFL coach John Madden passed away on Tuesday, December 28 at the age of 85.

"The Raiders Family is deeply saddened by the passing of the legendary John Madden," the statement began.

"Few individuals meant as much to the growth and popularity of professional football as Coach Madden, whose impact on the game both on and off the field was immeasurable."

The NFL also released an emotional statement about Madden but did not release a cause of death. His sudden death was described as “unexpected" as tributes rolled in from the likes of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a longtime friend of Madden.

Madden became the youngest head coach in pro football when he was hired to coach the Raiders, leading them to victory against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI and finishing his career with a 103-32-7 record.

He has the all-time highest winning percentage among all coaches who won at least 100 games.

He was also the namesake of the famous “Madden” video game franchise.

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    NFL Commissioner's statement

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote of John Madden's death:

    "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."

    Goodell continued, "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.”

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    Lights off for Madden

    Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas turned lights off on Tuesday in memory of John Madden, according to a reporter who shared a photo to Twitter.

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    Hall of Fame induction

    John Madden was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

    Al Davis opened his speech at the ceremony by calling Madden, "A brilliant coach. A loyal and trusted friend. A Raider."

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    When did Madden start coaching?

    John Madden was hired as Head Coach of the Raiders by Al Davis at the age of 32.

    "Madden coached the Silver and Black for 10 seasons and compiled a remarkable 103-32-7 regular season record," the Raiders said in a statement.

    "From 1969-78, the Raiders posted winning records in each season, won seven division titles and qualified for the playoffs eight times. In 1976, Madden coached the Raiders to a 13-1 record and a 32-14 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, marking the franchise's first World Championship of Professional Football."

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