Cowboys' Jerry Jones: No One 'Lived a More Beautiful Football Life Than John Madden'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 29, 2021

NEW YORK - APRIL 26: (L-R) Dick Ebersol, John Madden and Jerry Jones at the 31st annual Sports Emmy Awards at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown/WireImage)
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a statement following the death of NFL legend John Madden on Tuesday, saying he wasn't aware of "anyone who has made a more meaningful impact" on the NFL than Madden and didn't know anyone "who loved the game more."

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cowboys?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cowboys</a> owner Jerry Jones: “There is no one who lived a more beautiful football life than John Madden.” <a href="https://t.co/vigxdpfzkU">pic.twitter.com/vigxdpfzkU</a>

The NFL announced Tuesday that Madden had died unexpectedly at the age of 85. 

"Nobody loved football more than Coach," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a statement. "He was football. He was an incredible sounding board to me and so many others. There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today."

Different generations of football fans knew different iterations of Madden. There was the Hall of Fame coach for the Oakland Raiders who led the team to eight playoff appearances in his 10 years as a head coach and a Super Bowl title in the 1976 season. 

Las Vegas Raiders @Raiders

"A brilliant coach. A loyal and trusted friend. A Raider."<br><br>We'll always remember John Madden. <a href="https://t.co/YG4MET1ZFu">pic.twitter.com/YG4MET1ZFu</a>

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

John Madden's .759 win percentage as a head coach is still the highest in NFL history (min. 100 games).<br><br>All 103 of his career wins came with the Raiders, the most by any head coach in franchise history. <a href="https://t.co/OsitAyGhqI">pic.twitter.com/OsitAyGhqI</a>

There was the legendary broadcaster, whose exuberance, passion and knowledge for the game paired perfectly with his longtime play-by-play partner, the understated Pat Summerall. You learned when you watched one of their broadcasts, but you also had fun.


A coaching legend. A broadcasting icon. Beloved by football fans everywhere.<br><br>Remembering John Madden. <a href="https://t.co/6jbIl1kdZq">pic.twitter.com/6jbIl1kdZq</a>

Mike Renner @PFF_Mike

“He put all the mustard on the brat”<br><br>John Madden was one of one…RIP <a href="https://t.co/eBwHKwUNXh">pic.twitter.com/eBwHKwUNXh</a>

Tyler R. Tynes @TylerRickyTynes

long live john madden <a href="https://t.co/3X7GTIBfgf">pic.twitter.com/3X7GTIBfgf</a>

Jomboy Media @JomboyMedia

RIP John Madden, an absolute legend <a href="https://t.co/sy2z6APPsG">pic.twitter.com/sy2z6APPsG</a>

And his name is part of videogame lore. His Madden series of football games is one of the most successful and iconic franchise in the history of the platform. 

Vince Young @VinceYoung10

R.I.P Legendary Coach Madden it was a honor to meet you and to be on the front cover of my favorite game of all time Madden!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nfl?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nfl</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/titanup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#titanup</a> 🏈🏈 so many memories playing Madden growing up! <a href="https://t.co/QDpdZrFcUb">pic.twitter.com/QDpdZrFcUb</a>

Richard Sherman @RSherman_25

R.I.P. to John Madden. It was one of my greatest honors to grace the cover of your video game. Thank you for the years of joy and motivation! <a href="https://t.co/4P4NKdC1gT">pic.twitter.com/4P4NKdC1gT</a>

Suffice to say, there was no shortage of tributes paid to Madden on Tuesday:

Dan Rather @DanRather

Few approached life with the joy of legendary football coach &amp; broadcaster John Madden. A colleague at CBS, he was a gentleman with a boisterous sense of humor. On the sidelines &amp; in the booth, this voluble mountain of energy was a trailblazer. A golden era ends with his passing.

LeBron James @KingJames

Rest in Paradise To the 🐐 John Madden!!!! Your legacy will continue to live on ♾!!!!!

Ron Rivera @RiverboatRonHC

Coach John Madden was an NFL icon, who played, coached and gave his name to a video game. But to me he offered his time, wisdom and coaching insight. I was truly blessed to have him as a mentor! RIP Coach 🙏

Madden was football royalty—plain and simple. You can't tell the story of the NFL without dedicating a chapter to his legacy.