Thanks to the good folks at EA Sports I had the pleasure of speaking to College Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown yesterday. He was the first wide receiver to ever win the Heisman trophy, and he is featured in EA Sports NCAA Football 2014 video game. The game’s newest feature, Ultimate Team, brings 2,000 former NCAA stars back to the college game and this can make for some truly interesting team combinations. You could have Bo Jackson and Tim Brown on offense with Ndamukong Suh on defense. You want to talk about domination?
When I mentioned to Brown that because of this feature a gamer could force virtual-Tim Brown to play his college football with the USC Trojans for his entire career, Brown had quite a funny response.
“I just hope you don’t do that to often” Brown said. “I hope you keep me where I rightfully belong. You know I think that’s a little quirk to the game and that’s pretty cool you know on the one hand.”
The physics engine for NCAA Football 2014 is the Infinity Engine 2, which unlocks the unpredictability and innovation of college football. Brown’s work with EA Sports has covered many years and it has enabled him to stay connected to the game he loves as well as connect the game to his family.
“I’ve been working with these guys forever man, since sort of when it began,” Brown said. “Obviously as you get older, especially when you’re done with the game it keeps us old guys involved with the game still. For me, especially having a son who pretty much missed my career. For him to be able to relive his dad doing anything in this game or whatever it may be is pretty huge.”
Notre Dame in particular has a soft part in Brown’s heart and he loves going back; he should also make it back for a couple games next year and you can certainly play with Brown on the Irish.
“I love South Bend man I really do” Brown said. “I tell people that all the time. This place is so special to me, and it’s where I became a man. I got down when I was 17 and I left when I was 21. So for me any time I go to South Bend I am just tickled to death, because to me it’s like my second home it really is. Those four years were absolutely really memorable, memorable years for me.”
Winning the Heisman trophy could definitely be described as memorable to say the least, and Brown must get treated quite well whenever he heads to South Bend.
The EA Sports franchise is definitely pushing new limits with its Ultimate Team feature and it is definitely worth checking out. Keep an eye out for my review of the game next week after I have researched (fun way to say played the game a lot) for just a bit longer.