Broadcasting Legend John Madden Has Passed Away
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ESPN - John Madden, the Hall of Fame coach turned broadcaster whose exuberant calls combined with simple explanations provided a weekly soundtrack to NFL games for three decades, has passed away today at the age of 85, the NFL said. Madden reportedly died unexpectedly and the cause of death has not been revealed at this time. "Few individuals meant as much to the growth and popularity of professional football as Coach Madden, whose impact on the game both on and off the field was immeasurable," the Raiders said in a statement, hours before team owner Mark Davis lit the Al Davis Torch in honor of Madden, the first person to ever light the torch on Oct. 16, 2011. "Tonight I light the torch in honor of and tribute to John Madden and Al Davis, who declared that the fire that burns the brightest in the Raiders Organization is the will to win," said Mark Davis. John Madden will surely be missed by many.
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