Legendary NFL player, sportscaster, and businessman John Madden had a $200 million fortune at the time of his death in 2021. Despite having a successful career as an NFL coach, John Madden is probably best known today for his post-playing career endeavors. He later promoted “Madden NFL,” one of the most popular video game franchises ever, and rose to fame as a commentator for the NFL.
John Madden Biography and Net Worth
|Net Worth $200 M|
|Full Name John Earl Madden|
|Birth Date April 10, 1936|
|Death December 28, 2021 (85 age)|
|Birthplace Austin, Minnesota|
|Profession Football player, Coach, Commentator|
|Wife Virginia Fields|
John Madden Early Life
On April 10th, 1936, John Madden was born in Austin, Minnesota and his father relocated the family to California so that he could look for employment prospects and work as an auto mechanic. John first enrolled in a famous Catholic institute but later transferred to other school, Jefferson High School. Madden was exceptional as an important member of school’s football squad throughout his high school. John was a young athlete with talent and versatility who displayed promise in both offensive and defensive roles and he also demonstrated his skill as a baseball player.
John Madden Career
In 1954, the year John Madden received his high school diploma, he began playing football at the College of San Mateo. He played football for the school for one season before relocating to the University of Oregon to pursue pre-law studies. He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University, where he joined the Mustangs’ offense and defense. While completing a BS in Education, he also played catcher for the college baseball team. In 1961, he went on to earn an MA in Education.
It appeared for a moment that Madden might be playing in the NFL after the Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the 21st round of the 1958 draft. His knee (not the one that had already been hurt) was wounded, ending his career, and that was that.
Madden began serving as an assistant coach at Allan Hancock College in 1960. He was then employed at San Diego State as an assistant defensive coach until 1966, a year in which the team was among the best in the country. John Madden attained the record for being the NFL’s youngest head coach at the time when Davis left the squad.
John Madden Wife
Madden and Virginia Fields were wed on December 26, 1959, after meeting in a bar in Pismo Beach, California and they had two boys, Joseph and Michael.
John Madden Net Worth
The estimated net worth of John Madden is $200 million as of 2022. John Madden was one of the first famous people to make more than $1 million a year from sponsorships in the 1980s. He held sponsorship agreements with Miller Lite, Exxon, McDonald’s, Canon, and Ramada Inn in the 1980s. His contract with Tenactin alone paid him $2 million year at his height in the 2000s.
John Madden Death
On December 28, 2021, Madden passed away at his Pleasanton, California, home from an unidentified reason and he was 85 years old at that time.