NFL Legend John Madden Dead at 85

Other NFL teams and owners paid homage to John with heartfelt messages.

“John Madden is a sports icon whose contributions to the game of football are countless,” the Philadelphia Eagles shared. “His words brought Philadelphia Eagles football vividly into the homes and hearts of our fans everywhere. We extend our condolences to his family and many friends.”

“The 49ers mourn the passing of Bay Area native and football icon John Madden,” the San Francisco NFL team wrote. “He was an inspiration to so many and will never be forgotten. Our thoughts – along with those of the entire football community – are with John’s family and loved ones.”

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also shared a heartwarming tribute, saying in a statement per the Dallas Morning News, “This is a loss that is as big as the legacy that John Madden created. A legacy of love. Love for family, for football and for life.”

“I am not aware of anyone who has made a more meaningful impact on the National Football League than John Madden, and I know of no one who loved the game more,” he continued. “When I think of a person of sports who is worthy of the term, ‘larger than life,’ I have always thought of John. And I always will.”