On Dec. 28, the NFL announced the unexpected passing of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and broadcasting legend John Madden. Madden was 85 years old. The league said he died unexpectedly and did not list a cause. Madden’s agent, Sandy Montag, said the former Oakland Raiders coach died in his home in Pleasanton, California.
There is no doubt that Madden had a profound impact on the football community both in the booth and on the field. In his time with the Raiders, he made it to seven AFC title games, won a Super Bowl, and finished his career with an impressive 103-32-7 regular-season record. His .759 win percentage is the best among all NFL coaches who coached in at least 100 games.
After his time with Oakland, he took his talents to the booth where his voice became a soundtrack to football games for 30 years. Madden was known for his lively calls and entertaining banter.
The league posted a wonderful tribute video in honor of Madden on Tuesday evening.
Dallas Cowboys players and community react to death of NFL legend John Madden
Although he never coached for the Dallas Cowboys, it was clear that Madden played a part in the careers of many in the organization, from players to coaches and beyond.
Here is how some notable Cowboys players, alumni, and more commemorated Madden.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was incredibly complimentary of Madden, saying he doesn’t know of another person in NFL history who had more of an impact on football than Madden.
Former Cowboys quarterback and Hall of Famer Troy Aikman said the late broadcaster was both a friend and a treasure.
Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott took to Instagram to thank Madden for his impact on the game.
During his Wednesday afternoon interviews with the press, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy commended Madden’s detailed knowledge of the game.
Former Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant said that Madden was one of the reasons he loved football.
Incredibly, FOX Sports just released a documentary on Christmas morning about the life and times of Madden and his influence on the NFL – a mere three days before his passing. To honor his memory, FOX will be airing ALL MADDEN on FS1 at 9:00 pm ET tonight.
The Landry Hat writers send our deepest condolences to the Madden family, and we will forever remember his legacy.