In a statement, NFL President Roger Goodell expressed condolences to Madden’s family and tried to commemorate his huge impact on the game: “No one likes football more than the coach. He is football. He treats me and many others. It is an incredible soundboard. There will never be another John Madden, and we will always be grateful for what he has done to make football and the NFL what it is today.”
Whether as a coach or a commentator, John Madden is a true legend in football. His love of the game is contagious and helped the NFL become what it is today. He also played an indispensable role in shaping the Madden NFL game, which began in 1998 and is a complex game education tool in his eyes. This franchise has proven to be one of the most enduring franchise in gaming history, an accurate approximation of the sport, and has become a phenomenon.
Another statement issued by EA through their Twitter account also expressed condolences for Madden’s loss. “Today, we lost a hero. John Madden has been synonymous with football for more than 50 years,” the statement read. “A humble champion, a helpful teacher, and always a coach. We express our sympathy and sympathy to John’s family, friends and millions of fans.”
Madden’s wife Virginia and sons Michael and Joseph survived.