No coach in the history of the NFL has enjoyed the type of wide-sweeping impact on fans, and the game as former Raiders coach John Madden has, and much of that has to do with his industry standard video game. So it came as little surprise when Madden was congratulated by EA SPORTS on birthday No. 82 Tuesday.
Though the younger generation associates him with the video game alone and some don’t even recall his broadcasting prowess, Madden was one of the best coaches in the history of the league and a shoo-in as an inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame based on his on-field work alone.
EA SPORTS wasn’t alone in wishing Madden a happy birthday as countless fans took to Twitter, Facebook and the airwaves to share some of their favorite memories of the legendary coach. Among those who offered some entertaining quotes was former Raiders executive Amy Trask.
Apart from being the founder of the greatest video game sports franchise in world history, Madden is also the owner of the best winning percentage mark (75.9 percent after posting a record of 103-32-7) for any NFL coach with at least 100 career victories.
“Coaching isn’t work. It’s more than a job. It’s a way of life . . . No one should go into coaching unless he couldn’t live without it . . . Football is what I am. I didn’t go into it to make a living or because I enjoyed it. There is much more to it than just enjoying it. I am totally consumed by football, totally involved.
I’m not into gardening . . . or any other hobbies. I don’t fish or hunt. I’m in football,” Madden said in his biography, per the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s official website.
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