LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) - Pro Football Hall of Fame coach John Madden died unexpectedly Tuesday morning at age 85, the NFL announced.
"On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to Virginia, Mike, Joe and their families," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. "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," Goodell said.
Madden was the head coach of the then-Oakland Raiders for 10 seasons from 1969-78, leading the Silver and Black to a 103-32-7 record during his tenure. The Raiders never had a losing record under Madden.
In the 1976 season, Madden led the Raiders to their first championship, guiding the team to a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, which was played at the Rose Bowl.
Although Madden will always be known by those who were close to his circle as "coach," he became incredibly popular after his coaching career.
Madden became a renown broadcaster, analyzing NFL games for all of the major networks including CBS Sports.
But after retiring from the broadcast booth, Madden remained a synonymous name with the NFL thanks to his association with the EA Sports video game "Madden."
With millions of people playing the video game every day, Madden has remained a household name to the NFL and its fans.
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