John Madden: You Will be Missed


Published: April 16, 2009


... spent the better part of his life in and around football.


After playing football through both high school and college, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958 in the 21st round. Unfortunately, a knee injury in the preseason ended his pro career. He transitioned immediately from player to coach, working at the college level up until 1967, when he was hired as a linebackers coach by the Oakland Raiders.


On February 4, 1969, Madden was named the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. At 32, he was the youngest NFL head coach at that time. As a head coach, John Madden, never had a losing season, and though maligned as not being able to win the big one, he did get his super bowl victory in 1976. He ended his coaching career with the Raiders after the 1978 season.


John Madden was welcomed into the CBS football ...

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