1. John Madden
Madden is an NFL icon for many reasons. After his playing career with the Eagles was cut short, he moved into coaching. After he cut his teeth in the college game, he joined the Raiders as a linebacker coach. In 1969, he eventually became their head coach and brought them glory. The franchise legend won Super Bowl XI in 1977 as he turned them into a powerhouse (via People).
He walked away because of illness and burnout after 10 winning seasons. Next, Madden moved into the world of broadcasting where he became an adored figure. The multi-Emmy Award winner became the face of the EA Madden NFL video game series. It’s safe to say that more children know his name because of a video game than his achievements as a coach. Madden passed away on December 28 at the age of 85 and left a lasting legacy as one of the true legends of pro football.