"Say the name John Madden and almost everybody has a story."
During the NFL Honors award show on Thursday night, the league took time to remember the legendary coach/broadcaster and the impact he had on the game of football – with his son giving an introduction to the tribute as he stepped off the famed Madden Cruiser.
"Dad was genuine. Genuine to everyone he ever met, and most importantly, genuine to himself," Michael Madden said. "He always did what he wanted to do, the way that he wanted to do it. I think that's part of the reason so many felt a connection.
"While my brother Joe and I have to be considered his biggest fans, we've learned the past several weeks that we certainly are not alone."
A memorial for John Madden will be held at RingCentral Coliseum on February 14th at 5:30 PT.
Click here to purchase tickets for the memorial. All proceeds go to Madden Charities for the benefit of the John Madden Foundation to provide educational opportunities for the youth of Oakland.
On this date in 2006, Raiders legend John Madden was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Take a look back at photos of Madden's career with the Raiders as we celebrate his induction.