Raiders Unveil Touching John Madden Tribute Before Week 17 Game
By Larry Rupp
The Las Vegas Raiders unveiled a helmet decal that players will wear during the team's Week 17 game in order to honor the late John Madden. The NFL legend passed away this past week at the age of 85 and is best known for leading the franchise to its first Super Bowl Championship in 1977.
Madden spent 10 seasons leading the Raiders on the sidelines from 1969 to 1978 and finished his career with an impressive 103-32-7 record. In fact, that is the highest winning percentage in league history among coaches who have won 100 games. It only goes to show how dominant he truly was.
Of course, the Hall-of-Famer will also be remembered for his work in the booth. Madden took home 16 sports Emmy Awards for his broadcasting skills and was working NFL telecasts up until 2009. He also lent his name, expertise and color commentary to the popular Madden NFL video games.
It's notable to point out that the Raiders won't be the only NFL team to honor Madden on Sunday. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently announced that every stadium is set to hold a moment of silence before the start of this week's games.
Las Vegas will look to keep their playoff chances alive when they travel to take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17. The Raiders head into that matchup as 8.5-point underdogs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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