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John Madden taps his bust during his Hall of Fame ceremony before the game as the Oakland Raiders defeated the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 22 to 9 at McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, California, October 22, 2006. (Photo by Robert B. Stanton/NFLPhotoLibrary)

Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden passed away Tuesday morning, the league announced Tuesday night. Madden was 85 years old.

Madden became synonymous with the NFL and the sport of football going back to his time as the coach of the then-Oakland Raiders. He led the Raiders to a title in Super Bowl XI, and posted a winning record in all 10 seasons he was with the team from 1696-1978. His 75.9 winning percentage (103-32-7) is the best in NFL history among coaches who coached at least 100 games.

After retiring from coaching, Madden became a color commentator. He was paired with a number of legendary play-by-play announcers, most notably Pat Summerall. The two would call five Super Bowls together, including Super Bowl XXXVI – the Patriots’ first title.

Madden later teamed up with Al Michaels for Monday Night Football. He retired from broadcasting in 2009.

Success followed Madden wherever he went. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, and won 16 Emmys as a broadcaster.

For a younger generation, Madden is best known as the face of EA Sports’ Madden NFL franchise. First published in 1988 as John Madden Football, it has become one of the best selling video game franchises of all time.

FOX recently released a documentary on Madden’s career called All Madden. It featured commentary from Bill Belichick.

“Nobody loved football more than Coach. He was football,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “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.”