LeBron James and the NBA World React to John Madden’s Unfortunate Demise

Published 12/29/2021, 7:00 AM EST
Dec 17, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) argues the call against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports


The passing of John Madden, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, shocked the entire sports world on Tuesday. A number of basketball players and the NBA world joined the NFL community in mourning the loss of such an eminent personality. Despite Madden’s retirement from the world of football commentary in 2009, his legacy and impact on the NFL never waned during his career, both as a coach and as a player. LeBron James, who grew up playing the Madden franchise, shared a short but impactful message on Twitter as a tribute to Madden.

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It was a short and succinct tweet from James, that read:

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“Rest in Paradise to the GOAT John Madden!!!! Your legacy will continue to live on!!!!! ”

LeBron James considers John Madden the greatest of all time

Madden was one of the great names in football, whether it was as a coach for the Oakland Raiders or as a commentator for the NFL. His name also appears in several games focused on the sport.

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It was indeed shocking news for the entire sports community as many came forward to pay tribute to him. According to a statement issued by the NFL, he died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning. No cause of death has been determined.

Basketball players are often seen playing football during their practice times and James played football during his school days. Numerous sports personalities have taken to social media to express their grief over Madden’s passing.

While it’s likely to hear his name on gaming videos about football, he unquestionably had a great impact on the game. In the history of the NFL, he is one of the most iconic figures.

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As one of the greatest coaches in the history of the sport, he led the Raiders to the 1976 Super Bowl and held the record of never having a losing season. Madden was an energetic broadcaster whose love for the game was evident in his commentaries as he was pivotal in making the game accessible to a lot of people.

Fondly remembered for his iconic call of “Boom!”, during a game, he is remembered by those who worked with him.

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The entire world pays tribute to the demise of such an eminent personality.

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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