The NFL says Hall of Fame coach-turned-broadcaster John Madden has died at the age of 85.
His cheerful voice combined with his simple explanations graced the weekly broadcast of NFL games for thirty years.
The NFL said Madden died unexpectedly Tuesday morning.
Madden managed to coach the Oakland Raiders to a remarkable 103-32-7 record and lead his team to victory in the Super Bowl after the 1976 season.
He became an even more influential figure after quitting coaching at the age of 42, entertaining the millions who watched NFL football.
He is also the name behind the highly acclaimed sports video game “Madden NFL Football.” [em/rs]