legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden dies The NFL announced it at 85 on Tuesday morning. News of the football icon’s death hit Twitter on Tuesday evening, with athletes, coaches and broadcasters from all over the sports world reacting.
Publishing legend friend Dick Vitale currently fighting cancerdescribed Madden as “the greatest analysts of all time” in his eulogy on Twitter.
“Your legacy will live on forever,” said CC Sabathia, former Yankees pitcher and well-known Raiders fan. Madden coached the then Oakland Raiders from 1969-78, a few years before Sabathia, a Vallejo from California, was born. Lakers star LeBron James made similar remarks about Madden’s lasting legacy, adding an infinity emoji.
Former tennis star and social justice activist Billie Jean King remembered meeting Madden as a “privilege”.
The radio voice of Rangers Kenny Albert, the five sports broadcaster who has been with FOX Sports since its founding in 1994, shared a photo about 26 years ago to remember Madden.
ESPN’s Bomani Jones gave current color commentators a bit of a chance, noting that Madden “set an unattainable standard.”
Frank Caliendo, who has made a career in impersonations, including one for Madden, said he was surprised at how emotional he felt.
Several football players and others, including the Saints and former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who surpassed Mark Ingram II, have acknowledged Madden as part of their reasons to love football.
Rams wide receiver and NFL MVP contender Cooper Kupp quotes the last coach in tribute: “The way to Easy Street is through the sewers.”