Many football fans mourned the loss of John Madden on the 28th of December. It was of course from 1969 to 1978 that he served as head coach for the Oakland Raiders. He also served as commentator for the NFL – a most trusted and revered one at that. Now, the Las Vegas Raiders (formerly of Oakland, California), will be paying tribute to the football legend in a special ceremony.
It was announced by the team that they will be honoring Madden during their game against the Los Angeles Chargers. This game in particular will mark their last of the season’s AFC West Division games. The Raiders stated that before the game is set to begin on Sunday the 9th of January, the Madden family will be lighting the Al Davis Memorial Torch, according to Essentially Sports.
It is at Allegiant Stadium that his spirit lives on as well as in the hearts of many football fans the world over. It was announced that fans will get the opportunity to get a load of the world famous Madden Cruiser. It will be on display for fans to have a look at before kickoff against the Chargers.
Fans who paid for tickets will also be able to see a special timeline that will be set up detailing the NFL legend’s career, where they will be able to post messages as well on walls that will be set up for that specific purpose.
“The bus, which became his road office, logged 80,000 miles annually, transporting Madden to his broadcast gigs across the country after he decided he no longer wanted to fly…found at the Modelo Tailgate Zone located inside the Southwest Entry Gate, on the North Plaza Platform located inside the Ford North Entry Gate and at the Madden Cruiser location on the west side of Allegiant Stadium.”
The Raiders are of course 3rd in the AFC West Division. Whoever wins between the two teams of course will move onto the playoffs, so the game is obviously an important one. This is why it’s the perfect time to pay homage to the legendary Madden. Who knows? Perhaps he’ll be there in spirit, urging his team to victory the whole time. RIP, John Madden.