The NFL will hold a moment of silence before all of its games on Sunday to honor Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster John Madden.
Madden, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl win and later became a pop icon as an NFL broadcast analyst, died Tuesday. He was 85.
“As you know, the NFL lost a true giant on Tuesday with the passing of John Madden,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote earlier this week in a memo to teams. “To help honor his legacy, we ask that each home team in Week 17 observe a moment of silence in his memory just prior to the start of the game.”
The moment of silence will occur before the national anthem is played, Sports Illustrated reported.
Madden, who coached in Oakland from 1969 to 1978, led the Raiders to a 103-32-7 regular-season record and won Super Bowl XI after the 1976 season. After retiring, he went to the broadcasting booth in 1978.
As a broadcaster, Madden worked for CBS, Fox, ABC and NBC, winning 16 Sports Emmys for his commentary, Sports Illustrated reported.
He was constantly on television pitching beer, hardware stores and restaurants. More notably, he became the face of the video game “Madden NFL,” which originated in 1988 as “John Madden Football.”
Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
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