Legendary American soccer coach and commentator John Madden has died at the age of 85, the National Soccer League (NFL) has reported.
The league acknowledged he died impulsively and didn’t give a situation off.
Madden led the then-Oakland Raiders to their first Sizable Bowl victory in 1977 and grew to turn into a hugely standard tv analyst after retiring from coaching.
He later grew to turn into the face of Madden NFL Soccer, one in every of basically the most successful sports actions video games ever.
“No one loved soccer better than Coach,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged in a press free up.
“There will never be one other John Madden, and we are able to without end be indebted to him for all he did to invent soccer and the NFL what it is at the moment.”
Madden coached the Raiders from 1969 to 1978. He acquired Sizable Bowl XI after they went throughout the 1976 fashioned season with a 13-1 file.
He boasts basically the most classic winning share of NFL coaches who delight in taken fee of better than 100 games.
But he’ll in all likelihood be easiest remembered for his occupation in commentary, after retiring from coaching at correct 42.
Known for his unpretentious trend, Madden travelled to games in his personal bus because he suffered from claustrophobia. He also developed a awe of flying.
Madden went on to bewitch 16 Emmy Awards and lined 11 Sizable Bowls from 1979-2009. He was inducted into the Legitimate Soccer Corridor of Popularity in 2006.
“Of us continually effect a question to, are you a coach or a broadcaster or a video sport guy?” he acknowledged when was elected to the Legitimate Soccer Corridor of Popularity. “I am a coach, continually been a coach.”