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John Madden, who won a Super Bowl with the Oakland Raiders and went on to be a television commentator and namesake of a popular football video game series, died Tuesday at the age of 85, the National Football League announced Tuesday afternoon.
Madden died earlier in the morning Tuesday at his home in Pleasanton. No other information about a cause of death was immediately released.
Madden, who grew up in Daly City, led the Oakland Raiders to victory at Super Bowl XI on Jan. 9, 1977, then went on to highly successful careers in TV and video games, and was recently the subject of a documentary titled “All Madden.”
“We all know him as the Hall of Fame coach of the Oakland Raiders and broadcaster who worked for every major network, but more than anything, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.
Madden’s death prompted widespread reactions on social media from those who knew or admired him.
The Raiders, who have since moved to Las Vegas, posted a video and wrote “A brilliant coach. A loyal and trusted friend. A Raider.”
“A brilliant coach. A loyal and trusted friend. A Raider.”— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) December 29, 2021
We’ll always remember John Madden. pic.twitter.com/YG4MET1ZFu
Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote, “Tonight we mourn John Madden — he redefined the role of a sports broadcaster — his voice as recognizable as anyone who ever did the job. He hoisted a Super Bowl trophy with CA’s own Oakland Raiders. Our thoughts are with his family as we mourn this incredible man.”
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf wrote, “I join all in mourning + honoring SuperBowl-winning coach John Madden. He was a great personality who truly loved #Oakland. When his grandson played at O’Dowd, John was as enthusiastic about the Dragons as any NFL team. We will miss him!”
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors president David Canepa wrote, “RIP John Madden. A 1954 graduate of Jefferson High School in Daly City and Super Bowl winning coach for the Oakland Raiders. He did so much for Daly City!”