Madden NFL All-25: Coach John Madden
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Madden NFL, we’ve compiled the best players in franchise history with help from our EA SPORTS GameChangers.We start with a head coach that needs no introduction: John Madden.
The release of Madden NFL 25 marks the 25th anniversary of the Madden NFL franchise. Just the name “Madden” alone has come to mean so much more than a moniker for a Hall of Fame coach and commentator, but it’s also the name for football video games. As the franchise turns 25, let’s take a look at the great coach that inspired it all.
Before John Madden became one of America’s most famous announcers, he coached the Oakland Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XI in 1977. Madden’s career record with the Raiders was 103-32-7, good enough for the second-highest winning percentage of any coach in NFL history.
In 1986, Madden provided the initial direction for the video game series that would share his name. He had one simple rule: “If it isn’t 11 on 11, it isn’t real football.” Coach Madden vowed not to put his name on anything that wasn’t “real.”
In designing and developing the first Madden NFL game, Coach Madden insisted he provide the best playbooks to ensure the most realistic simulation football game possible. John Madden Football would calculate matchups based on individual player stats.
The first Madden Football was released in 1988 on the Apple II, featuring 22 players on the screen, but only two teams: the All-Madden and All-Timers who had fictional players. The 16-bit version of John Madden Football debuted in 1990 with 28 teams and improved gameplay.
Just a few years later, the release of Madden NFL 94 introduced the real NFL to the series. Complete with 28 officially-licensed teams and logos, Madden paid homage to the franchise’s roots by including 38 “Championship Edition” teams from Madden NFL 93. Madden also made the call to replace himself in the broadcast booth with legend Ron Barr. This version stands to date as one of the best ever produced in the Madden series.
The last time John Madden graced the cover of Madden NFL would be in 2000. However, Coach’s legacy lives on today as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the best football video game ever.
Looking for the rest of the All-25 roster? Check back over the next few weeks as more players are revealed.
Madden NFL 25 will be available on Tuesday, August 27, for Xbox 360 and PS3, and fans can learn more at the Madden website. Pre-order today to receive exclusive Franchise Packs for your Connected Franchise and Madden Ultimate Team!
For the full press release, please see below.
SUPER-TEAM ANNOUNCED TO CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF MADDEN NFL
"All-25 Team" Brings Greatest Legends in Franchise History Together on One Team
July 29, 2013 – All the greatest players in the history of the Madden NFL franchise are coming together to form one super-team in Madden NFL 25. Selected by members of the Madden NFL development team and community, the All-25 Team showcases the talents of the greatest video game athletes at the height of their virtual careers. Led by Coach Madden, the All-25 Team will be playable in Play Now mode in Madden NFL 25. Starting today and continuing through Saturday, August 10 fans can visit http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/all-25 to see which players have been revealed to the All-25 Team and hear from Madden NFL developers and community members about what these individuals mean to the franchise.
As part of the program, fans will get a rare look into All-25 Team head coach John Madden as EA SPORTS chronicles his Hall of Fame NFL career and his monumental impact on the iconic football franchise that bears his name. Fans can check out Coach Madden’s story here.
Madden NFL 25 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and is available for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and PlayStation®3 entertainment system beginning on August 27 for $59.99. Madden NFL 25 will also be available for Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation®4. To learn more about Madden NFL 25, visit http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl. Fans are also invited to become a Madden Insider for exclusive information on Facebook including the latest news, original content and more for Madden NFL 25, and keep up with franchise news on the Madden NFL 25 Bleacher Report hub.
All player participation has been facilitated by National Football League Players Incorporated (NFL PLAYERS), the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).
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