John Madden, NFL Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster, dies at 85


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Pro Football Hall of Fame coach turned television broadcaster John Madden has died. He was 85.

Madden passed away on Tuesday morning, according to a statement from the NFL.

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Madden, who was hired as head coach for the then-AFL Oakland Raiders in 1969 at the age of 32 (then the youngest head coach in pro football history), spent 10 seasons commanding one of the 1970s’ strongest NFL franchises, reaching seven AFL/AFC Championship Games, and winning Super Bowl XI alongside a 13-1 record for the 1976 season.

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Madden retired in 1978 with a 103-32-7 regular-season record and soon found his way to the television broadcast booth, where he would spend three decades commentating NFL games with the likes of analysts like Pat Summerall and Al Michaels.

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Madden would also be well known for his namesake of the Madden NFL video game series, which launched in 1988 and continues annual publishings. Recently, the documentary ‘All Madden’ was released by Fox on Christmas Day, chronicling the life and career of the legendary coach-turned-commentator.

Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

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