The football world has lost a legend, as NFL Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden passed away on Tuesday. He was 85.
Madden had an interesting journey as he played college football at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and was later drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 21st round of the 1958 NFL draft.
However, Madden suffered a knee injury in his first training camp (that ended his career) and he began coaching shortly after. He coached at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California, and San Diego State.
Madden eventually joined the Oakland Raiders as a linebackers coach in 1967 and their head coach in 1969. And led them to seven AFC title games and a Super Bowl win in 1977 (for the 1976 season).
He coached the Raiders for 10 years before retiring. Madden finished with an all-time record of 103-32-7.
After retiring, Madden became a commentator in 1979, and with Pat Summerall, he became a household name. The duo called eight Super Bowls together.
Madden retired from commentating in 2009, he had a record of 16 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Analyst/Personality.
The Raiders released a statement on Madden’s passing and said the Raiders family is “deeply saddened by the passing of the legendary John Madden.”
“Few individuals meant as much to the growth and popularity of professional football as Coach Madden. His impact on the game both on and off the field was immeasurable.”
John Madden was one of the most recognizable names in football history. He created his own path.
Sadly, as we mourn his death, we’ll remember the legacy he left. Rest in peace, John Madden.
Better known later as the commercial pitch man for his namesake Madden NFL, an esports gaming platform. A platform that is notably used by African-American males between 17-35.
EA Sports (the company behind the Madden video game series) also released a statement.
“Today, we lost a hero. John Madden was synonymous with the sport of football for more than 50 years,” EA Sports said.
ESports and Blacks
EA Sports said in a statement months ago that it would postpone the Madden NFL 21 unveiling to instead focus on what is more important right now.
“We stand with our African American/Black community of friends, players, colleagues, and partners. Our immediate attention is on actions we can take to drive change against unjust treatment and systematic bias that is plaguing the nation and our world,” the statement read in part.