Celebrities react to the passing of Hall Of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden.
This year we’ve lost so many legends and the loss continues coming even in the last days of 2021. Yesterday we learned Hall Of Fame coach and broadcasting Icon John Madden passed away at the age of 85. The league said he died unexpectedly and did not detail a cause.
While John had been out of the spotlight in the later years of his life every generation has been impacted by the Madden video gaming putting a connection in the hearts of millions even if they didn’t witness him in his prime years.
Of course, once news broke the outpouring of love hit the internet.
When it comes to broadcasting, Madden put the bar so high that an entire generation has admitted no one will ever touch what he has done.
“Few individuals meant 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,” his former team the Raiders said in a statement.
As we mourn the loss of the sports legend let’s take a look at all the love that has been shown for Madden and remember the good times.
NFL legend John Madden died unexpected this morning. He was 85. pic.twitter.com/FoC1mAzoF6
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 29, 2021
Rest in Paradise To the 🐐 John Madden!!!! Your legacy will continue to live on ♾!!!!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 29, 2021
big part of why everyone my age thinks every football color commentator is wack is because we grew up with john madden. man set an unreachable standard.
— bomani (@bomani_jones) December 29, 2021
I was saddened to hear about the passing of John Madden, at age 85. One the all-time greats, he showed me the ropes during our brief football partnership. He was always kind and delightful. He can now join his former partner, Pat Summerall, in calling Super Bowls in heaven.
— Vin Scully (@TheVinScully) December 29, 2021
John Madden was a treasure. He was a gift. And he was an incredible friend.
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) December 29, 2021
RIP John Madden. Of all the NFL coaches I’ve known and spent time around, he was by far the most loved by his players. By far. Truly good man. Even greater coach than broadcaster. Fitting that his name will live forever on the greatest NFL video game.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 29, 2021
John Madden was a true football man. RIP, Coach.
— Mike Tomlin (@CoachTomlin) December 29, 2021
R.I.P. to John Madden. It was one of my greatest honors to grace the cover of your video game. Thank you for the years of joy and motivation! pic.twitter.com/4P4NKdC1gT
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) December 29, 2021
You Had To Be There! RIP John Madden! pic.twitter.com/sKpQ0yLT7a
— CARLOS HAHA DAVIS (@HaHaDavis) December 29, 2021
John Madden is synonymous with football. He has name recognition on par with almost any great in any sport. You mother knows the name Madden, your dad knows the name Madden, and your girl DEFINITELY knows (and sometimes hates lol) the name Madden. Quite a life.
— Van Lathan Jr (@VanLathan) December 29, 2021
Before I went into broadcasting with FOX Sports, Coach Andy Reid asked me to speak with John Madden. Mr. Madden’s advice to me was to just be myself. His words gave me the confidence to pursue this new career path. I thank Andy for suggesting and Mr. Madden for accepting my call. pic.twitter.com/2sZGdPscJX
— Michael Vick (@MichaelVick) December 29, 2021