Legendary NFL head coach John Madden celebrated a very special birthday on Saturday. The Hall of Famer turned 85.
While Madden endeared himself to countless football fans as an announcer and video game pioneer, Madden first built his legacy on the sideline. As the head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 1969-78, he compiled a winning percentage of 76.3, going 103-32-7 in the regular season.
Madden won seven division titles and took the Raiders to the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons, posting a winning record each year. He also brought the franchise to seven conference championship games and led the Raiders to a victory in Super Bowl XI.
On Saturday, birthday tributes poured in for Madden on social media, with former players, league executives and current media members all getting involved.
Happy 85th birthday, John Madden. Most people think of John as a coach and Madden game-maker but he was quite an athlete, too. He went to Oregon on scolarship in 1954 to play with childhood friend John Robinson. There he raced mile record holder John Landy in a 40. He won. pic.twitter.com/8WamWiNFW6
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 10, 2021
John Madden turns 85 today.
Never forget how the SB-winning coach changed sports video games.
▫️Insisted on a REAL football game
▫️ Made sure it was 11 vs. 11
▫️ Wanted fans to learn football
▫️ Let EA Sports use an old playbook
▫️ Made millions as the game became iconic pic.twitter.com/C9baRuf0UU
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) April 11, 2021
Happy birthday to the great John Madden 🎂 pic.twitter.com/OoLoL76tNN
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) April 10, 2021
— VILLAPIANO (@Villapiano41) April 10, 2021
— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) April 10, 2021
Happy 85th birthday to a true football legend John Madden. His turkey telestrations were always a masterpiece 😂
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 10, 2021
This sounds very cliché, but they don’t make them like John Madden anymore. The man is simply a legend.
Here’s to hoping he enjoyed his 85th birthday and has several more left in the tank.
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