Inside JohnMadden'sconjugal life: The NFL coach was a doting father and a grandfather!
NFL mourns the loss of legendary coach and sportscaster John Madden, who passed away, aged 85, on December 28. John Madden was the coach with the most wins in Oaklands Raiders' history. He led the franchise for 10 years and never had a losing season as a head coach. Following his retirement from coaching, Madden also led an exemplary broadcasting career, working with CBS Sports, Fox Sports, ABC Sports, and NBC Sports.
John Earl Madden was born on April 10, 1936, in Austin, Minnesota. He had a brief playing career at college and was even drafted by Philadelphia Eagles until an injury during his rookie year ended his professional career. Madden's life was largely defined by his remarkable career as a coach, while his personal life took a back seat in the media. Madden's sudden death has many wondering why the Hall of Fame coach led a low-key married life. Learn the complete truth ahead.
John Madden got married at 23!
Despite rising to world-renowned fame, Madden's personal life remains a mystery. Perhaps the Raiders coach was able to keep his family away from the limelight because Madden's journey as a husband and a father began way before he forayed into NFL. Madden's wife's name is identified as Virginia Fields Madden.
Madden and Virginia met at a bar in California. Photo Source: Instagram
It is known that the two walked down the aisle on December 26, 1959, a year before Madden started his career as an assistant coach and a year later, his playing career got ruined due to a knee injury. The couple reportedly met at a bar in Pismo Beach, in California, and got married at St Mary of the Assumption Church in Santa Maria.
Madden is survived by his wife, two sons, and five grandchildren. Photo Source: Instagram
Virginia is assumed to have tended her life to her family as a woman belonging to the golden era. She is defined as a housewife or iconic coach Madden's beloved wife. Madden and Field share two sons, Joseph Madden and Michael Madden, also known as Mike, an aspiring football coach. Both of Madden's sons are assumed to be married and reportedly gave their father the happiness of being a grandfather. Joseph and Mike reportedly gave their parents five grandkids.
On December 28, Tuesday night, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the death of the Hall of Famer. "On behalf of the entire NFL family, we extend our condolences to (wife) Virginia, (son) Mike, (Son) Joe and their families," Goodell wrote. He further added, "Nobody loved football more than Coach. He was football. He was an incredible sounding board to me and so many others. There will never be another John Madden." As per sources, John passed away unexpectedly at his home in Pleasanton.
Insider calls Madden's death unexpected. Source: Fox News
Several NFL players took to social media, mourning the legend's death in stark disbelief. Tom Brady wrote, "John called our first Super Bowl; he was always so good to me. RIP to a legend of our game. My condolences and love to the Madden family." LeBron James, Alex Rodriguez, and Dan Rather were among the many who paid tribute to Madden.
Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2006. His words during his induction is how the world will remember him. The late coach had said, "I have never worked a day in my life. I went from player to coach to a broadcaster ,and I am the luckiest guy in the world." In the wake of Madden's death, Fox announced that it will re-air its documentary on Madden, John Madden: A Football Life & America's Game: 1976 Oakland Raiders,for two consecutive nights.
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