UFC fighters and notable pro athletes pay tribute to late NFL legend John Madden

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A string of names within the UFC, basketball and beyond have paid tribute to NFL legend John Madden after his passing.

It was revealed last night that John Madden, a true icon in the world of pro football, had died at the age of 85 in his Pleasanton home. The news was met with immediate sadness from everyone in and outside of the NFL bubble with the masses coming together to appreciate everything he did during his time in the sport.

The following examples serve as just a small insight into how popular John Madden was and how many lives he touched.

In his coaching days, Madden was best known for his time with the Oakland Raiders. His biggest accomplishment came back at Super Bowl XI when he guided them to a 32-14 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings. The attached image above showcases just how much that moment meant to Madden as he was lifted off of the field.

In 2006, Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and took his rightful place in Canton, Ohio.

While that was largely due to his coaching efforts, he also carved out an incredible legacy for himself as a color commentator for the National Football League after he walked away from coaching. As a result of his many decades of work, John Madden also became the face of the iconic “Madden” video game series that still uses his name to this day.

For all of the memories over the years, we thank you, John.

What are some of your favourite memories from the life and career of John Madden? Is he one of the greatest commentators of all time? What will he be best remembered for once the dust settles? Let us know your thoughts on his unbelievable story down in the comments, BJPENN Nation!

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