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'One of a kind': Green Bay Packers react to passing of NFL legend John Madden

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Posted at 2:45 PM, Dec 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-30 08:28:13-05

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — Across the football world, teams and sports figures are reacting to the passing of NFL legend John Madden.

The NFL said Tuesday the Hall of Fame coach turned broadcaster died at age 85. Madden's exuberant calls combined with simple explanations provided a weekly soundtrack to NFL games for three decades. The league says he died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning and did not provide a cause.

The Green Bay Packers issued a statement Tuesday evening calling Madden, "one of a kind."

Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre also issued a statement offering condolences, saying: "We lost a larger than life legend in John Madden."

Coaching the renegade Oakland Raiders, Madden compiled a stellar 103-32-7 regular-season record and led his team to victory in the Super Bowl after the 1976 season. He became an even more impactful figure after he stopped coaching at age 42, entertaining millions who tuned in to NFL football. He also was the name behind the hugely popular sports video game, “Madden NFL Football.”

This article contains content from the Associated Press.