Famous American football coach John Madden passed away on Tuesday, the National Football League (NFL) announced. The tall Madden worked as a television commentator and analyst after his sports career. He is 85 years old.

 

Madden won the 1976 Super Bowl, the most important trophy in the NFL, with the then Oakland Raiders by finishing the regular season with a 13-1 record.

His team won three post-season games, including a convincing 32-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl. Madden scored 103-32-7 in ten seasons as the Raiders’ coach, between 1969 and 1978.

Madden was already famous as a coach, but his next career—as an American football analyst on TV—connected him to the NFL forever. He started at CBS and then also worked at FoxABC en NBC. Madden won maar liefst zestien Emmy-awards in zijn tv-carrière, die hij in 2008 afsloot.

In 2006 Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also lent Madden his name to a video game series, Madden NFL, which became a cultural sensation.