John was also honored with heartfelt messages by owners and other NFL players.

“John Madden, a sports legend whose contributions are numerous to the game football,” said the Philadelphia Eagles shared. He spoke words that brought Philadelphia Eagles football alive in the homes and hearts all over. Our condolences go out to his loved ones and many close friends.”

“The 49ers grieve the loss of John Madden, Bay Area football icon and Bay Area native,” said the San Francisco NFL team. wrote. His inspiration will not be forgotten. John and his family are in our thoughts, as well as the football community’s.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also shared a heartwarming tribute, saying in a statement per the Dallas Morning NewsJohn Madden’s legacy is nearly as great as this loss. It is a legacy of love. A love for your family, for football, and for the rest of life.

He said, “I don’t know of any person who made more of an impact on the National Football League than John Madden. And I also do not know of anyone who loves the game more.” John is the person I always think of when I think about a sportsperson who deserves that title, “larger than life.” That’s what I will always do.