John Madden: An all-time great NFL name

No. 12 - John Madden (1:25)

Al Davis, Dennis Allen, Curt Gowdy and Phil Villapiano discuss why John Madden is one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. (1:25)

John Madden is a football household name for the ages.

Madden is a man of generations. Parents recognize the man for reasons much diffident reasons than their children. Yet, everyone equates John Madden to football success.

In 1970s, Madden was known for being the burly leader of the NFL renegades. The Oakland Raiders were one of the headliners in the Golden Age of the NFL. It all culminated with his players struggling to keep Madden above their arms in the jubilation of a Super Bowl XI victory.

After an early retirement from coaching, Madden went on to become one of the most colorful names in sports broadcast history. Along with the late Pat Summerall, Madden was must-watch television.

Now 77, Madden’s name is still closely connected to the game. His “Madden” NFL video games are wildly popular as young and old line up each summer to get the latest version.

Madden is truly one of a kind in NFL history. Of course, it all started on the sideline. As ESPN’s greatest NFL coaching series moves on, it’s time to recognize the former Oakland great coach as the No. 12 overall all-time coach.

A defensive specialist, Madden had a special relationship with the late Al Davis from the time he coached the Raiders until Davis' death in 2011. Madden is still closely tied to Oakland.

This is a special recognition for a man who many people know for different reasons. But don’t ever forget John Madden is a legend because of his special knowledge of Xs and Os and his ability to relate to his players.