By JOSH DUBOW, AP Pro Football Writer

The NFL says Hall of Fame coach turned broadcaster John Madden has died at age 85.

Arizona Cardinals vs Oakland Raiders - October 22, 2006
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)
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Madden's exuberant calls combined with simple explanations provided a weekly soundtrack to NFL games for three decades.

10th Annual Espy Awards - Show
FILE PHOTO: Chris Berman and John Madden at ESPN's 10th Annual Espy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. Wednesday, July 10, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect
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The league says he died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning and did not provide a cause.

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.

Las Vegas Raiders Honor Hall of Fame NFL Coach, Broadcaster John Madden
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 28: A tribute to former Raiders head coach, Pro Football Hall of Fame member and broadcaster John Madden is displayed on the side of Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders, after news of his death at the age of 85 on December 28, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Madden coached the Oakland Raiders for 10 seasons and won the team's first championship with a win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI in 1977. Owner and managing general partner Mark Davis of the Las Vegas Raiders lit the Al Davis Memorial Torch inside the stadium before the organization turned off all the exterior lights, except for the memorial message, in honor of Madden. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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He also was the name behind the hugely popular sports video game, "Madden NFL Football."

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