Anyone who knows football video games knows the name of John Madden. Ever since the early 90s, the Madden NFL franchise has been a go-to favorite for thousands upon thousands of players, and continues to stand strong today. But with that comes bad news for his fans.
Madden, who previously had a career as a Hall of Fame coach, as well as a broadcaster and pitchman for a variety of brands, passed away Tuesday morning. He was 85 years old. Madden originally started as a coach for the Oakland Raiders, where his team victoriously made their way to seven AFC title games and eventually won the Super Bowl in 1976. However, upon retirement at age 42, Madden’s career really began to take off as a broadcaster and analyst.
With his free-flowing dialect, he became a household name, particularly alongside his broadcasting colleague Al Michaels.
But in the early 90s, his career took a surprise turn into video games with John Madden Football. Partnered alongside Electronic Arts, the game eventually made its way to the Sega Genesis and started to carve out a legacy, one that would continue for decades. EA Sports would eventually bring Madden more into the fold with the game’s design, improving it for each new generation. And it still holds strong today with the just-released Madden NFL 22 for Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5.
No one will likely have a video game sports career like Madden did. He will certainly be missed.
Check out a spectrum showcase of his games in the video below. “Boom!”
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