The Las Vegas Raiders honored the life of Hall of Fame coach John Madden on Dec. 28 following the announcement of his passing.
Raiders owner Mark Davis lit the Al Davis memorial torch at 6:00 p.m., the original kickoff time for Monday Night Football, in tribute to Madden.
“Tonight I light the torch in honor of and tribute to John Madden and Al Davis, who declared that the fire that burns the brightest in the Raiders Organization is the will to win, ” Davis said in a Twitter post.
“Tonight I light the torch in honor of and tribute to John Madden and Al Davis, who declared that the fire that burns the brightest in the Raiders Organization is the will to win.”— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) December 29, 2021
Owner Mark Davis honors John Madden at 6 pm, the original kickoff time for Monday Night Football. pic.twitter.com/pTTJ7z0o52
Madden’s passing at 85 sent shockwaves across the football world, with fans, teams, and other NFL officials alike offering their condolences to the legendary football coach.
Madden was hired as the then Oakland Raiders head coach by Al Davis at 32. Madden would coach the Raiders for 10 seasons and compiled a remarkable 103-32-7 regular-season record.
From 1969-78, the team posted winning records in each season, won seven division titles, and qualified for the playoffs eight times. Madden led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl victory in 1976 with a 13-1 record and a 32-14 triumph over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI, marking the franchise’s first World Championship of Professional Football.
Madden was also well known for his work with Monday Night Football and serving as a leading color analyst for all four major television networks—CBS, FOX, ABC, and NBC — as well as being the name behind the popular “Madden NFL Football” videogame franchise.
Madden was inducted into the NFL’s Hall of Fame in 2006 in recognition of his coaching achievements. His coaching accomplishments as a head coach included winning a Super Bowl, and becoming the youngest coach to reach 100 career regular-season victories, a record he achieved at 42 years old after only ten full seasons of coaching. Madden still remains the coach with the most wins in Raiders history.
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