Las Vegas Raiders Add Helmet Decal In Honor Of Late Hall Of Fame Coach John Madden

The Las Vegas Raiders will wear a helmet decal in honor of late head coach John Madden during Sunday’s game at the Indianapolis Colts (1 p.m. ET on FOX).

Madden, who passed away last week at the age of 85, went 103-32-7 in 10 seasons as the Raiders’ head coach from 1969-78. He led the franchise to the playoffs eight times, seven AFC championship game appearances and a win over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl XI. 

“The Raiders Family is deeply saddened by the passing of the legendary John Madden,” the franchise said in a statement after his passing. “Few individuals meant as much to the growth and popularity of professional football as Coach Madden, whose impact on the game both on and off the field was immeasurable.”

Madden ventured into broadcasting once his coaching career was over, and served as a color analyst at ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. His name is also synonymous with one of the most popular video game series of all time, EA Sports’ Madden NFL franchise. 

Madden was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, where he joined several of his former players, including quarterbacks Ken Stabler and George Blanda; wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff; tight end Dave Casper; offensive linemen Jim Otto, Art Shell and Gene Upshaw; linebacker Ted Hendricks; and kicker Ray Guy, among many others. 

As for the decal, it is exactly like the one worn by the team in honor of late owner Al Davis since 2011. It features black shield, the same shape as the Raiders’ logo, with Madden’s initials in silver in Las Vegas’ font. 

It’s unclear at this time if the decal will be worn beyond this game, though there’s a good chance it could become a permanent fixture like Davis’. 

Photo courtesy of @Raiders on Twitter.