Oakland memorial service for John Madden set for February

Las Vegas Raiders

John Madden coached the Raiders to a 103-32-7 record from 1969 to 1978. During that time, he won five straight AFC West titles and coached the team to victory in Super Bowl XI.

A public memorial service for the late John Madden, a Super Bowl-winning coach of the Oakland Raiders football team, has been set for Feb. 15, according to the National Football League.

The service will be held in Oakland. League officials said Friday morning that more details are forthcoming.

NFL officials said that Madden’s family “has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support” in the challenging time following his death.

Madden, 85, died Dec. 28. He grew up in Daly City. Before he died, he had a stellar career as an NFL coach and commentator.

Madden coached the 1976 Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl championship and went on to broadcast on every major TV network.

The Raiders, who have since moved to Las Vegas, will honor Madden at a game Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. Before kickoff, Madden’s wife Virginia Madden along with other family members will light the Al Davis Memorial Torch.

Raider’s officials said it is fitting for the family to light the torch because John Madden was the first to light it on Oct. 18, 2011.

Madden coached the Oakland Raiders for 10 seasons, compiling a 103-32-7 regular season record.

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