The NFL continues to mourn the loss of John Madden, who died suddenly this week at the age of 85. Following the news of his death, there was a wave of tributes to the head coach and broadcasting legend, and the NFL is preparing for more of that in Week 17. In a memo to the 32 teams, obtained by ESPN’s Adam SchefterCommissioner Roger Goodell called on all local teams to observe a minute of silence in honor of Madden.
The moment of silence will come just before the national anthem and the memo included a suggested announcement for the various advertisers of the public address.
“Ladies and gentlemen, earlier this week the NFL family lost a Hall of Famer coach, broadcaster and friend with the passing of John Madden. At this point, please stand up and participate in a moment of silent reflection in memory of John Madden, who had an indelible impact on football, the NFL and generations of fans. “
There will then be a seven second moment of silence before the start of the hymn.
As Goodell characterized in the memo, Madden was a “true giant” of the NFL whose impact spanned generations. He was a very successful coach with the Raiders who found him listed in Canton in the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2006, a legendary broadcaster who covered 11 Super Bowls, and is the creator of the iconic video game “Madden NFL “.
Understandably, there will likely be even more tributes to come to the Week 17 roster, especially with organizations Madden has had a direct impact on, but this moment of silence will be a nod to the whole. of the league for one of the NFL’s most recognizable icons.