John Madden and the unforgettable quotes from a football legend

John Madden. John Madden quotes

The world of football is in mourning, and understandably so. John Madden, a football icon to its truest meaning, died Tuesday morning at the age of 85. 

Madden and football are synonymous with each other. There is arguably no singular person with a bigger attachment to the sport and its culture than the former Oakland Raiders head coach and NFL broadcaster, who died Tuesday morning. 


John Madden, the Hall of Fame coach turned broadcaster whose exuberant calls combined with simple explanations provided a weekly soundtrack to NFL games for three decades, died Tuesday morning, the NFL said. He was 85.

The league said he died unexpectedly and did not detail a cause.

Madden gained fame in a decade-long stint as the coach of the renegade Oakland Raiders, making it to seven AFC title games and winning the Super Bowl following the 1976 season. He compiled a 103-32-7 regular-season record, and his .759 winning percentage is the best among NFL coaches with more than 100 games.

To say that Madden’s death is a big loss to football would be a massive understatement. Older generations would remember Madden for his success as a head coach of the Raiders. Younger ones would memorialize him for his job as a colorful voice in the broadcast booth. And then, of course, there’s the video game everyone enjoyed playing. If it’s about football, somehow, someway, Madden definitely had his fingerprint on it. And how about the “turducken?”

That’s how influential Madden was to football. The sport wouldn’t be the no. 1 in the United States if it weren’t for Madden.

What made Madden an even more unforgettable figure were the quotes he uttered. He could turn mundane observations into entertaining ones. He made countless people smile and shake their heads in amusement over the things he spontaneously said. But he also left behind endless quotes to live by, some of which we are going to list down below, as a tribune to the one and only John Madden.

There will never, ever be another John Madden.


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