John Madden, the NFL legend who is in the Hall of Fame and is the namesake for EA’s Madden NFL series, has passed away at age 85.
Madden died Tuesday morning, as confirmed by the NFL, and reported by the Associated Press. Madden coached the Oakland Raiders back in the day, brining them to a Super Bowl victory in 1976.
He retired from coaching with the second-highest winning percentage of any coach (right below Vince Lombardi), moving on to become an NFL analyst that led to several Emmy award wins.
As of 2016, Madden was still helping EA with the video game franchise.
In a statement given by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, he said, “Nobody loved football more than Coach. He was football… there will never be another John Madden, and we will be forever indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today.”
EA Sports gave it’s own statement, saying, “John Madden was synonymous with football for more than 50 years. His knowledge of the game was second only to his love for it, and his appreciation for everyone that ever stepped on the gridiron. A humble champion, a willing teacher, and forever a coach.”
“Our hearts and sympathies go out to John’s family, friends, and millions of fans. He will be greatly missed, always remembered, and never forgotten.”