NFL Asks All Teams to Honor John Madden Following Hall of Famer’s Death

by Liz Holland
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NFL icon John Madden passed away earlier this week at the age of 85. Madden rose to fame as he coached the Oakland Raiders from 1969 to 1978. Under Madden’s coaching, the Raiders made it to seven AFC title games, in addition to winning the Superbowl following the ‘76 season. Madden’s accomplishments certainly don’t stop there, either. At the age of 42, he became the youngest coach to reach 100 regular-season wins.

Impressively, Madden never had a losing season. The legend continues to hold the record for most wins as a Raiders coach. Following his coaching stint, he became a sports broadcaster, doing so for four major networks before he retired in 2009. He became the face of one of the best-selling sports video games of all time, Madden NFL Football. Additionally, Madden was recently featured in a FOX Sports documentary titled “All Madden.” The documentary premiered on Christmas Day, and it’s been reported that Madden himself watched the documentary just days before his death. At the time of writing, Madden’s cause of death is unknown. 

NFL is Devastated at the Loss of Madden

Following his passing, the NFL is asking all teams to honor the hall-of-famer. In a memo sent out by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s on Thursday, he provides further details. The memo reads, “As you know, the NFL lost a true giant on Tuesday with the passing of John Madden. To help honor his legacy, we ask that each home team in Week 17 observe a moment of silence in his memory just prior to the start of the game. Below is a recommended stadium public address announcement that can be made prior to the playing of the national anthem.” 

The memo goes on to outline the announcement, which says, “Ladies and gentleman, earlier this week the NFL family lost a Hall of Fame coach, broadcaster and friend with the passing of John Madden. At this time, please stand and join in a moment of silent reflection in memory of John Madden, who had an indelible impact on football, the NFL and generation of fans. …”

John Madden Was Deeply Loved By Many, Country Star Shares Grief

It’s not just fellow footballers that are mourning Madden’s death. Country star Kenny Chesney took to social media to express his grief for his “good friend”, John Madden. The star posted a photo of himself next to a grin-smacked Madden, paired with a heartfelt caption. The caption for the tribute post reads, “So long to my good friend John Madden. 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.”

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