Bill Belichick reflects on life of 'good friend' John Madden

Bill Belichick reflects on life of 'good friend' John Madden

12/29/2021

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After Super Bowl-winning coach and legendary broadcaster John Madden died at 85 Tuesday, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reflected on the life of his “good friend” during a press conference with reporters Wednesday afternoon.

Belichick said Madden’s death is a “huge loss for the NFL, professional football.”

CBS NFL commentator Pat Summerall (L) and analyst John Madden on the air during 1986 NFL game. 
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John Madden, head coach of the Oakland Raiders, celebrates after the Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings in the 1977 Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
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Belichick was also asked about the “Madden NFL” video game franchise and if he ever played it.

“I haven’t played it in quite a while,” Belichick said. “I know when my kids were growing up they would play it, and I’d watch them, and they’d beat me.”

Madden’s death on Tuesday appeared to resonate with several celebrities, sports figures and entertainers as they took to social media to remember the legendary head coach. Madden, whose cause of death was not immediately revealed, rose to fame as the coach of the Oakland Raiders, making it to seven AFC title games and winning the Super Bowl after the 1976 season.

Former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden speaks about former quarterback Ken Stabler, pictured at rear, at a ceremony honoring Stabler during halftime of a game between the Raiders and the Cincinnati Bengals in Oakland, Calif., Sept. 13, 2015. 
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Madden was recently featured on the FOX Sports documentary “All Madden,” which first aired Christmas Day. It will air again Wednesday evening. The documentary took a look behind the scenes of Madden’s coaching days and included an interview with the NFL icon himself, his first in more than a decade.

Madden finished his career as a 16-time Emmy Award winner. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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