The NFL announced Hall of Fame coach and broadcasting legend John Madden died Tuesday morning at 85 years old.
Madden had a profound influence on the game of football both on and off the field. A popular yearly football video game bears his name, but his legacy was cemented as one of the best coaches in the history of professional football, leading the Oakland Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XI.
Football and MMA have a few parallels as some fighters spent time on the gridiron while many others are fans of the game. Here are some reactions to the news of Madden’s death from those in the MMA space who felt his impact.
There has never been a person more a part of your life and never physically in your life. John Madden was the man! RIP coach, commentator, legend pic.twitter.com/h7axywempA
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) December 29, 2021
RIP John Madden 🙏🏾 I think we’ve all spent countless hours listenin to him playin the latest game growin up
— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) December 29, 2021
RIP John Madden. I wasn’t into sports but I played all his games and his name and voice will forever be in my head as the face of football because of it.
— Vinc Pichel 🇺🇸 (@FromHellPichel) December 29, 2021
John Madden’s days of life are over… but people like that don’t die the same way.
Prince, Robin Williams, Chris Farley… they are giants whose massive effect on their industry never fades. #RIP
— Brendan Fitzgerald (@BrendanFitzTV) December 29, 2021
RIP John Madden you can’t think about football and not think about John Madden!!! Truly a Legend til the end of time!!!
— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) December 29, 2021