John Madden, a Hall of Fame coach-turned-broadcaster who revolutionized how the public consumes the NFL, died last Tuesday morning at the age of 85. Madden was a coach of the rebel Oakland Raiders, making a conference championship seven times and winning one Super Bowl. His 103-32-7 regular-season record makes him one of the greatest coaches of all time, but his impact in the booth rivals his career on the field.
He was able to simplify the game for audiences that made him a household name, but his random interjections of “Boom!” and “Doink!” may be some of his most iconic moments. He was an analyst for three decades and called 11 Super Bowls across four different networks from 1979 to 2009, winning 16 Emmy Awards along the way. He then became the face of the most successful sports video game of all time; he’s touched millions. Matt Ryan is one of those people.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan on John Madden: "He was the man with the cure for athlete's foot, man. It was the 'Boom, Tough Actin' Tinactin.' "
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) December 29, 2021
If you haven’t seen the commercial Ryan’s referring to:
John Madden was a legend.
I’ll never forget his lights out coaching days, his long time tenure w/Fox Sports in the commentary booth, & of course his Madden Football franchise.
But, I will always remember him making me aware of how to treat tough athletes’ foot.
— Michael B (@mr_balty) December 29, 2021
Matt Ryan reminds us all that John Madden affected the game of football in so many different ways, and we’ll always cherish what he was able to do for the NFL.
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