‘Insightful, Entertaining, and Interesting’: Jack Nicklaus Pens an Emotional Eulogy for John Madden

Published 12/30/2021, 9:45 AM EST
MADISON, WISCONSIN – JUNE 22: Jack Nicklaus speaks with a member of the gallery on the practice range before playing in the celebrity foursome during round two of the American Family Insurance Championship at the University Ridge Golf Course on June 22, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)


It has been a difficult year for Jack Nicklaus. Scrolling through his Twitter handle, you’ll see the many hard goodbyes he has had to make. Recently, it was his long-time friend John Madden who the golfer paid a tribute to; passed away on Tuesday.

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John Madden was an American football coach and sportscaster. In his long association with the sport, he first served as the head coach for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL for ten long seasons. After retirement, he worked as a commentator and unsurprisingly, excelled in this field too. He won 16 sports Emmy awards and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Unfortunately, he passed away on the 28th of December 2021, aged 85. This came as a terrible blow to the football community. A testament to his worth, the world has been mourning his loss since then. Nicklaus, no stranger to him, also took to Twitter to express his sadness.

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Jack Nicklaus recollects a fond memory about Madden

MADISON, WISCONSIN – JUNE 22: Jack Nicklaus speaks with a member of the gallery on the practice range before playing in the celebrity foursome during round two of the American Family Insurance Championship at the University Ridge Golf Course on June 22, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Nicklaus took to Twitter, and he wrote, “Since his passing Tuesday, what more could be said about John Madden—the Hall-of-Fame football coach, broadcaster, analyst & NFL icon—that hasn’t already been said?” And he’s right, what more can be said to tell the world of his greatness? However, Nicklaus decided to focus on another aspect of his life to elucidate his kind-hearted disposition.

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He added, “But my memories of John are more about the person he was & the human side he always showed to friends or strangers.” In the attached picture, he went on to talk about the time when the two were sitting on the same plane. When Madden learnt of this, he came to Nicklaus’s family and spent a good time conversing with his sons, who were massive football fans.

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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