FOR millions of Americans, coach John Madden is the face of football.
The Superbowl winner became synonymous with the EA Sports game that bears his name and has a 30-year television career.
“People always ask, are you a coach or a broadcaster or a video game player,” Madden said when introduced to Pro Football Hall.
“I’m a coach, always a coach.”
In that role, he became the youngest head coach in professional football when he was hired to coach the Raiders, leading them to victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI and ending his career. with a record of 103-32-7.
And he has the highest win rate of all time among all coaches who have won at least 100 games.
Madden played both offensively and defensively for Cal Poly from 1957-1958 and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the school.
He was selected to the convention team and included in the Philadelphia Eagles, but a knee injury ended his hopes of playing professionally.
Instead, Madden – who grew up in Daly City, California – coached, first at Hancock Junior College and then defensive coordinator at San Diego State.
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Al Davis brought him to the Raiders as a quarterback coach in 1967, and Oakland attended the Super Bowl in his first year professionally.
He replaced John Rauch as head coach after the 1968 season at the age of 32, beginning a remarkable 10-year run.
But it was his job following his early retirement as a coach at the age of 42 – in large part because of his agoraphobia – that made Madden a real household name.
He educated a football nation using the telecast on broadcasts and entertained millions by interjecting “Boom” and “Doink” during matches.
And he was a popular television sports analyst on 11 Super Bowl games for 4 networks from 1979-2009.
Madden also became the name of the popular “Madden” video game brand, one of the most successful sports video game franchises of all time.
After the 2008 NFL season, Madden took a break from broadcasting.
He has won 16 Emmy Awards for outstanding sports analyst/personality and includes 11 Super Bowls from 1979 to 2009.
“Nobody loves football more than the Coach. He’s football,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement following the news of his death.
“He is an incredible sounding board for me and so many others.
“There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he has done to make football and the NFL what it is today.”
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