Carroll shared the story of his one actual interplay with Madden, which got here when the Corridor of Fame coach referred to as Carroll out of the blue after the Seahawks had put out one of many tackling movies the crew put out to strive encourage using rugby-style tackling to take the top out of the sport within the title of participant security.
“I solely talked to him just a few instances, however he referred to as me—keep in mind once we despatched out the ‘Hawk tackling’ video—he referred to as me out of nowhere,” Carroll mentioned. “I suppose he’s on the long-term (NFL Competitors Committee), however taking good care of the sport, he mentioned that it was one of many coolest issues he has seen in a very long time. He mentioned that getting the top out of soccer is the place the sport ought to go, and he made an enormous deal about it. I used to be all charged up by the truth that he referred to as out of nowhere.”
Wagner, like most of his technology, grew up figuring out Madden because the face of a online game franchise, and likened it to how Michael Jordan is best recognized for his iconic shoe model than his enjoying days to a sure technology.
“He affected (soccer) in a whole lot of methods,” Wagner mentioned. “Numerous ways in which perhaps I do not even notice it as a result of even like for myself, I am thought of an older man right here, however a whole lot of my introduction to Madden was by means of the online game. That is sort of how I knew him. It is similar to like a whole lot of the blokes rising up and so they hear about Michael Jordan, they simply suppose footwear… I believe similar factor, however you see the influence he had. You see the power they’d whether or not it was a coach or commentator, and like I mentioned, the online game. He is had a huge effect on the sport, actually, and he’ll be missed for positive.”
Taylor, who’s in his second season with the Seahawks, mentioned, “He had the most important influence on everybody the world over with video video games, the NFL, and every little thing. It has been superior to see what he has performed and what he has been in a position to create to make folks glad. He had a fantastic influence on me studying soccer from a online game to going and doing it on an actual area. He has positively been impactful on me, so R.I.P.”
Norton, in the meantime, not solely grew up appreciating Madden as a Raiders fan—they relocated to his hometown of Los Angeles when Norton was a young person—but in addition as an NFL participant and later as a coach whose profession included three seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
“Simply his power, his ardour, his capacity to work with gamers—gamers actually performed exhausting for him,” Norton mentioned. “Once I labored with the Raiders, I acquired the prospect to fulfill him. I acquired an opportunity to speak to a whole lot of gamers that performed with him and for him. It is simply superb simply the influence he had on the player-coach relationship. They actually wished to play exhausting for him. All people cherished him. From a coach standpoint, when you may have a crew in a position to contact their buttons and play exhausting and run by means of a wall for you, like he had, that is magic.
“He is been the perfect at three or 4 completely different careers. He is been in a position to influence everybody so positively. Nobody says something dangerous about him. For me, I can solely converse personally, he is been an inspiration. He is been somebody that you simply maintain up as one thing you aspire to be like. Actually sensible. He stood on the sideline and did the perfect. He was within the broadcast sales space and was the perfect. The Madden recreation was the perfect. It was at all times one of the best with him and that is at all times one thing to attempt for. He made fairly an influence on my life so far as making an attempt to be the perfect at one thing.”