On Tuesday night, the sports world lost an iconic figure. Legendary football coach and broadcaster John Madden passed away at the age of 85.
Madden rose to fame as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, leading the franchise to a Super Bowl. As you'd expect, the Raiders released a touching statement on Madden's legacy.
“The Raiders Family is deeply saddened by the passing of the legendary John Madden,” their statement read. “Few individuals meant as much to the growth and popularity of professional football as Coach Madden, whose impact on the game both on and off the field was immeasurable.”
Since the news broke about Madden's passing, several highlights from his time as a broadcaster have gained traction on social media. One clip shows his thoughts on concussion.
While calling a Giants-Vikings game in 1993, Madden made it clear that concussions should be taken very serious.
"I think if a guy has had a concussion or has a concussion, he shouldn't play anymore," Madden said. "I don't agree with that. We always talk about boxing and boxing being archaic. If a boxer gets knocked out, he can't fight for another month. Sometimes in football, we say 'A guy has a slight concussion, he'll be back in.' I don't know if I'll ever agree with that."
It's safe to say Madden was ahead of his time.
Our thoughts are with the Madden family.