John Madden, legendary NFL sportscaster and coach, dies at 85

John Madden, the legendary sportscaster and football coach, died “unexpectedly” Tuesday morning, the NFL said. He was 85. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extended condolences to Madden’s family. 

“We all know him as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather,” Goodell said in a statement Tuesday.

“Nobody loved football more than Coach. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board to me and so many others,” he added. “There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today.”

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John Madden speaks to football fans in 2016.

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