John Madden: Hall of Fame Coach Has Successful Open Heart Surgery

John Madden: Hall of Fame Coach Has Successful Open Heart Surgery

John Madden was released from the hospital and is recovering following open-heart surgery to repair blockages, the NFL announced Thursday.

Madden, 79, is expected to make a full recovery.

Madden who lives in Pleasanton, was frustrated about being away from his work as an analyst (he routinely appears on KCBS radio), NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

“We are all pleased to know that John’s procedure was successful and wish him a speedy recovery,” Goodell said.

Goodell said Madden was doing “great” but is “frustrated about being on injured reserve.”

Madden is co-chair (with former 49er and Raider Ronnie Lott) of the NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel and is the chairman of the Coaches Subcommittee to the Competition Committee.

“He’s a tremendous fountain of ideas and we can’t wait to get him back,” Goodell said.

Madden was the Raiders coach from 1969 to 1978, during which time Oakland went 103-32-7, made the playoffs eight times, won the AFC West seven times and won Super Bowl XI in 1977. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Among NFL coaches with at least 100 wins, his .759 winning percentage is the highest of all time and he was the third-fastest to reach the 100-win mark (only George Halas and Curly Lambeau did so faster).

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