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John Madden. Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

John Madden, the legendary football coach and broadcaster, died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, the NFL announced. He was 85.

The big picture: Madden was a Super Bowl-winning coach, renowned football analyst for CBS, FOX, ABC and NBC and the face of Madden NFL, a video game series that he endorsed and helped create.

  • He won a Super Bowl with the then-Oakland Raiders in 1977, beating the Minnesota Vikings 32-14.
  • He became a household name for a new generation of fans when EA Sports launched the John Madden Football video game in 1988, which has had annual releases since 1990.

By the numbers: Madden, who was named the Raiders' head coach in 1969, has one of the best winning percentages in NFL coaching history.

  • He had a 103-32-7 record with the team for a .759 winning percentage. Under Madden, the Raiders made it to the postseason eight times in 10 seasons.
  • Madden also won 16 Emmy Awards and covered 11 Super Bowls as a broadcaster but always considered himself first and foremost a coach.

For the record: "People always ask, are you a coach or a broadcaster or a video game guy?" Madden said when was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • "I’m a coach, always been a coach," he said.

What they're saying: "Nobody loved football more than Coach. He was football," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

  • "There will never be another John Madden, and we will forever be indebted to him for all he did to make football and the NFL what it is today."

The Raiders released a statement saying, "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."

EA Sports said in a statement, "Today, we lost a hero. John Madden was synonymous with the sport of football for more than 50 years."

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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University of Texas football poised to hire former rival coach

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian meets TCU head coach Gary Patterson following Texas' 32-27 win over TCU in Fort Worth in October. Photo: AP Photo/Ron Jenkins

The University of Texas Longhorns are poised to hire a long-time coaching rival to their football staff.

Driving the news: UT late last week posted a job for "special assistant to the head coach."

  • Spotted this past weekend in Austin was Gary Patterson, long-time coach of the TCU Horned Frogs.
  • UT athletic director Chris Del Conte is close to Patterson, having held the same title previously at TCU.

Scramble over gas for EU as Russia threatens Ukraine

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Cracks in the NATO alliance regarding sanctions for Russia should President Vladimir Putin order troops into Ukraine are in large part based on energy supply concerns.

Why it matters: Russia holds tremendous leverage over some European countries because it provides roughly 40% of Europe's natural gas supply. In Germany, this figure is greater than 50%.

Why the Fed might want to jolt the markets

Fed chair Jerome Powell at a hearing earlier this month. Photo: Brendan Smialowski-Pool/Getty Images

So far, financial markets are cooperating nicely with the Federal Reserve's efforts to restrain inflation. They're doing the Fed's work for it by creating tighter financial conditions, in a distinctly non-panicky way.

  • But as the central bank's policymakers meet this week, an underlying question they face is whether the adjustment is happening too slowly.

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