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John Madden's Widow Has A Suggestion For The NFL

John Madden holds a microphone and speaks before a game.

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden wearing his Hall of Fame Jacket speaks to the fans during the un vailing of the Hall of Fame busts for former Raider and teammate Ken Stabler at halftime of an NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

John Madden's public memorial was held on Monday.

The late National Football League head coach and commentator passed away at the end of December. The Pro Football Hall of Famer is arguably the most-influential person in the history of the sport.

Madden's wife, Virginia, spoke at his public memorial in Oakland on Monday evening. She believes the city of Oakland deserves an NFL team.

The Raiders, whom Madden coached, moved out of Oakland and landed in Las Vegas.

"He (John Madden) believed in the Raiders, I believe in the Raiders… the Oakland Raiders… Oakland needs a football team," Virginia Madden said.

Oakland fans are sure to agree with Mrs. Madden.

However, the National Football League probably needs to expand to 34 or 36 teams in order for the city of Oakland to get a new one.

For now, the Raiders will be in Las Vegas and the city of Oakland will be without a franchise.