John Madden’s Life in Football Through Photos


John Madden spent a decade on N.F.L. sidelines as a coach, three many years on the air as a commentator and lots of days in a recording studio for the online game named after him.

Few folks have confirmed as a lot versatility and dedication to soccer as Madden, the Hall of Fame coach who died Tuesday at age 85. His contributions to the N.F.L. and online game tradition have made him a beloved determine in the league and past, reworking him into maybe soccer’s most recognizable ambassador.

These pictures and movies from Madden’s profession spotlight his love for, and contributions to, the sport.

The Oakland Raiders employed Madden as a linebackers coach in 1967 and promoted him to move coach two years later at age 32. Above, with quarterback Daryle Lamonica in 1970.

Madden’s Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings, 32-14, in Super Bowl XI in 1977 in Pasadena, Calif. It was Madden’s solely Super Bowl look as a head coach, however he led the Raiders to eight playoff appearances in 10 seasons.

Madden was on the sideline for some of the memorable — and controversial — performs in N.F.L. historical past, on Sept. 10, 1978. Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler fumbled the ball ahead to keep away from a sack with time operating out, Pete Banaszak pushed the ball farther forward and Dave Casper recovered it in the tip zone. The Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers, 21-20.

“The Oakland Raiders have scored on the most zany, unbelievable, absolutely impossible dream of a play,” Bill King, the Raiders’ radio broadcaster, introduced. “Madden is on the field, he wants to know if it’s real. They said, ‘Yes, get your big butt out of here.’ He does. There’s nothing real in the world anymore. This one will be relived, forever.”

Indeed. The N.F.L. later modified its rule on ahead fumbles.

Madden was a pure internet hosting “Saturday Night Live.” In this 1982 sketch, he interviewed the Cincinnati Bengals (together with Eddie Murphy).

Never puzzled, Madden partnered with the laconic Pat Summerall for 21 years, starting in 1979, calling N.F.L. video games for CBS and Fox. Above, Madden and Summerall in 1986.

He additionally teamed up with Al Michaels on each ABC and NBC, starting in 2002, till he retired after Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.

Madden was the primary sportscaster to work for all 4 main networks. He was additionally the sportscaster who introduced a turducken (a turkey filled with duck filled with rooster) into prime-time sports activities protection. In 1989, he created his personal award for probably the most helpful participant on Thanksgiving Day.

Above, a few of the Detroit Lions acquired to pattern Madden’s turkey — with additional legs connected — after their Thanksgiving recreation in 1999.

“It’s been a great ride,” Madden mentioned as he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. The happiest second of his life, he mentioned, was being carried on the shoulders of his Raiders gamers after successful the Super Bowl.

“I ride on the shoulders of hundreds of friends: coaches, players, colleagues, family,” he mentioned, including, “This has been the sweetest ride of them all.”

Madden, who had a extensively recognized worry of flying, traveled the nation in his motor coach, which itself grew to become a well-known automobile. After leaving broadcasting, Madden was a advisor to the N.F.L. commissioner, Roger Goodell, collectively right here in 2010.

Madden with former President George W. Bush and his spouse, Laura Bush, in the course of the nationwide anthem at Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

Madden had been a match for the unruly Raiders. “I was never going to coach any other team,” he mentioned. The workforce, now primarily based in Las Vegas, paid tribute to Madden on Tuesday at Allegiant Stadium.

Talya Minsberg and Emmanuel Morgan contributed reporting.