Inside John Madden's colossal net worth in 2021: The NFL coach passed away at 85!
John Madden was a beloved football coach and sportscaster. Madden rose to fame as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, an NFL franchise he served for 10 years, making it to seven AFC title games and winning the Super Bowl Champion and AFL Champion. Madden's death on December 28 has shaken the NFL world as several took to their social media to mourn the loss of a legend.
John Earl Madden was born on April 10, 1986, in Austin, Minnesota, where he attended Catholic parochial school, later enrolling at Jefferson High school. A star player in school, Madden had a brief playing career at the College of San Mateo, University of Oregon, and later for the Cal Poly Mustangs. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted him in 1958, but an unfortunate injury ended his playing career before it even started, leading John to turn to become a coach.
What was John Madden's net worth when he died?
The Hall of Fame coach's amassed a fortune that stands true to his imposing career and a giant life. Madden's net worth is estimated to be a whopping $200 million when he died. Celebrity Net worth estimates John raked $1 million per year from endorsements alone and was the first coach to earn such an amount via brand deals.
John's playing career was cut short by a knee injury. Photo Source: Instagram
When the unprecedented injury ended Madden's professional career, he became an assistant coach at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. With an innate flair and prowess in sports, it didn't take him long to become the head coach. Coach Al Davis hired the college coach to become the linebacker coach for Raiders in 1967. In 1969, Madden replaced John Rauch to become Raiders' head coach and started his decade-long tenure with the franchise.
Despite reaching the AFL championship for seven consecutive years, Raiders has the reputation of failing at big games, but under Madden's hone, the team achieved their first victory against long-time rival Steelers in 1976. The next year, Madden led the team to win the 1977 Superbowl by defeating the Minnesota Vikings. Madden is the coach with the most wins in the Raiders' history. He announced his retirement in Janaury 1979 due to his deteriorating health.
Madden's name was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. Photo source: Instagram
Madden raked a lump sum via his career as a sportscaster. Following his retirement as a coach, John joined CBS sports in 1979 and left the network to join Fox Sports in 1994. His salary at the Fox is estimated to be more than $2 million. Madden raked $5 million per year during his three-year-long stint at ABC sports. He also presented NBC sports from 2006 to 2008.
John Madden's legacy with EA Sports Franchise!
Madden struck the deal of a lifetime when he agreed with a video game company EA Sports, to use his name and likeness for a video game. John made a whopping $150 million for the deal and was also paid $2 million as royalty. John Madden Football was launched in 1998, and it went on to be released in 40 different editions between 1999 to 2021.
John Madden Football game was launched in 1998. Source: Los Angeles Times
After 1994, the game changed to Madden NFL and NFL players Erik Williams and Karl Wilson took over as the game's cover faces. Madden appeared on the game until 2000, after which a roster of star players appeared on the screen. Courtesy of EA Sports' vision and Madden's trust in them, the NFL Madden franchise is still the best football game in the history of video games. John is now survived by his wife, Virginia Fields, and their two sons.