NFL icon John Madden dies aged 85

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  • John Madden
    John Madden
    American football player and coach

Hall of Fame coach turned NFL broadcaster John Madden has passed away on Tuesday morning aged 85.

The NFL announced that Madden died unexpectedly and did not detail a cause.

Madden coached the Oakland Raiders from 1969 to 1978, leading them to victory in Super Bowl XI.

He finished his coaching career with a remarkable 102-32-7 record, with his .759 winning percentage among the best in NFL history for coaches with more than 100 games.

Madden retired from coaching at 42 before going on to carve a remarkable career in broadcasting where his commentary captured the imagination and entertained millions.

“Nobody loved football more than Coach,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “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 was elevated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and retired from broadcasting in 2009, after calling his 11th Super Bowl.

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