Kenny Chesney Tributes ‘Good Friend’ John Madden: ‘He’ll Be Missed’

by Maggie Schneider

Country star Kenny Chesney posted a loving tribute to football coach John Madden. The Pro Football Hall of Fame member passed away at 85.

The world lost a football legend this week. Football coach and sports anchor John Madden passed away on December 28, 2021. Leading the NFL Oakland Raiders for ten seasons, the 85-year old led a happy life filled with family and sports.

Friends of John Madden are honoring his memory on social media. Country star Kenny Chesney wrote a warm tribute to the football legend on Instagram.

“So long to my good friend John Madden,” Chesney says. “He was such a big part of the ‘Boys of Fall’ film. We became friends after his interview, and he’ll be missed by everyone that loves the game of football. Thank you, John, for your time and for listening to my song and bringing so many people together on a Sunday afternoon. Rest In Peace, my friend.”

Fans are offering their condolences to both Chesney and the Madden family in the comments of his post. “He was the man that played the game and could explain the game to someone that has never played it. RIP my friend,” @jabirse writes.

“So sorry for your loss! John was an awesome man that will be very missed. RIP John Madden,” another fan comments.

Kenny Chesney’s Football Documentary

The country star is no stranger to the football field. Chesney spent over a year working on the football documentary, “The Boys of Fall.” Interviewing history-making players and coaches, his movie premiered on ESPN back in August.

Chesney had the opportunity to interview John Madden for the movie. He was both excited and nervous to speak with him.

“When I first met John Madden, I was so starstruck I could hardly interview him,” he says.

The idea to create a documentary was sparked when Chesney was filming a music video. The video was for his song “The Boys of Fall.” The 8-minute sequence begins with a powerful speech from New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton. The project inspired Chesney to dig deeper and talk to players and coaches more in-depth about their experiences.

NFL Mourns Loss of John Madden

The National Football League announced the passing of John Madden. In a statement last night, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a beautiful tribute to the legendary coach.

“Nobody loved football more than Coach. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board to me and so many others,” Goodell says. “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.”