Madden’s death was announced on social media by the NFL.
Madden led the then-Oakland Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory in 1977. After retiring from coaching at 42, he took to commentating the sport – the role he is perhaps best known for.
The NFL is saddened to share the passing of the legendary John Madden. He was 85. pic.twitter.com/MxLFYLfY8k
— NFL (@NFL) December 29, 2021
Younger fans may know him as the man who gave his name to Madden NFL, published by EA Sports since 1988.
According to a report by the BBC, “The video game became so influential that some players and coaches learned new tactics from playing it.”
Over the course of his commentating career, Madden won 16 Emmy Awards and covered eleven Super Bowls between 1979 and 2009. In 2006 he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.
Tributes from the sporting world have flooded social media.
No cause of death has been released.
Rest in Peace, John.