American football legend John Madden passed away on Tuesday. It’s the NFL (National Football League), American Football League, which announced it last night. The cause of death has not yet been communicated.
The NFL regrets to announce the passing of John Madden. Legendary coach, iconic commentator, he is a monument of the league that is leaving us. He was 85 years old. pic.twitter.com/p9L2CftfH1
– NFL France (@NFLFrance) December 29, 2023
A disappearance that will be a milestone, as John Madden has contributed to the popularization of sport. Former player, he injured his knee in 1958 and will never tread the lawn again … as a player. Putting aside the idea of giving up his heart sport, he decides to become a coach and ends up training the Raiders Oakland and will win the Grail by winning in the final of the Super Bowl against the Vikings of Minnestoa in 1977.
Few people have contributed as much to the growth and popularity of professional football as Coach Madden, whose impact on the game, both on and off the field, was immeasurable – Las Vegas Raiders
If he left such a strong mark in the world of American football, it is also through his post-coaching career. For thirty years, he commented on American football matches on various television channels. But it is also at the American football game Maddden NFL, published by Electronic Arts, that he gives his name. The first episode was released on PC in 1988: a technical nightmare for EA, which must integrate eleven players per team according to Madden’s recommendations. In 1990, the series launched definitively with John Madden Football coming out on Mega Drive.
Today we have lost a hero. John Madden was an icon of American football for over 50 years. His knowledge of the game was matched only by his love for the sport, and he appreciated all the players who stepped onto the lawn of a stadium. A humble champion, a willing teacher, and an eternal trainer. Our hearts and thoughts go out to John’s family, his friends, and his millions of fans. He will be missed by all, but will never be forgotten. Thanks, coach.
32 years later, so many opuses have been released, all with the name of the legendary commentator. The latest is titled Madden NFL 22, and has been available since August 20, on PC, PS5, Xbox Series, PS4, Xbox One and Google Stadia.