The Madden franchise celebrates their 25th anniversary this year (hence the name Madden 25) and to go along with the celebration, they will include the “All-25 Team” comprised of the “greatest football video game athletes at the height of their virtual careers”.
Electronic Arts‘ Madden NFL development team began revealing the All-25 Team roster back in July. They began with the head coach position, which went to … wait for it … John Madden. From there, they announced players like Michael Vick, Brian Dawkins, Marshall Faulk, Dwight Freeney and Randy Moss. Each athlete was chosen based on their ability to dominate in specific Madden iterations, and their character in Madden 25 will be reflective of that year.
For example, Vick was nearly impossible to stop in Madden 04. His ability to run anywhere and everywhere made him a “cheesers” holy grail. Moss was unstoppable in Madden 08 as he was able to make any catch, whether he was on the field or not. Okay, maybe that was an exaggeration, but you get my point.
Madden’s ratings generally stem from how the players played the previous season. Moss set the receiving touchdowns record in 2007, Freeney was instrumental in leading the Indianapolis Colts to their first Super Bowl in 2006, Marshall Faulk (circa 2003) was the Madden 03 cover athlete and part of the “Greatest Show on Turf”, and Dion Sanders (circa 1995) is, well, Dion freaking Sanders.
Then there’s Brian Finneran. Remember him? Me neither. Finneran made the All-25 Team simply because his height and jump rating were on par with Terrell Owens and Moss that season, and teamed with Vick, he was unstoppable.
Out of the 25 players, Finneran is the only selection that makes you scratch your head, until you realize EA placed him on the team as sort of an inside joke … and so they could all relive the glory days of playing with the 2004 Atlanta Falcons. I, for one, am excited to try out the new All-25 Team and cheese my way to victory.