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 would like to congratulate Vince Young for being named as the EA Sports Madden 2008 cover player

April 2007

When I was growing up in Philly, Madden Football was the game of choice for my brother, myself, and our friends.  We spent countless hours playing, fighting, and of course trash talking over the "best game" ever in our opinion.  We loved the chance to become our heroes Randall Cunningham, Emmitt Smith, Reggie White, Christian Okoye and others during the moments that we played the game.  Now a new generation of fans will have the chance to emulate their players of choice and I am sure Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young will be one of the main choices.  Young was named as the on the cover player for EA Sports Madden 2008 video game last week.  The game is as popular as ever having sold more than 60 million copies and  generating over $2 billion in retail sales in 18 years on the market.

Young while appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday gave the announcement as part of the kickoff promotion for the newest version the popular NFL video game that is endorsed by NFL Hall of Fame coach and analyst John Madden.  Young was thrilled to be the player and said “It is truly an honor for me to be on the cover of Madden NFL 08 , every NFL player dreams of being on the cover,” said Young. “After being named Rookie of the Year and going to the Pro Bowl my first season – this is a perfect way to start my second season in the NFL.”

Now Young will try to avoid one of his tougher opponents the "Madden Jinx".  In recent years players such as Eddie George, Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Marshall Faulk, and Shaun Alexander have endured injury prone seasons after appearing on the cover.  We believe that Young will break the jinx.  He already has moved past appearing on the Sports Illustrated cover and showed that he was a player to be watched this past season winning the Rookie of the Year award in the NFL. 

I know V.Y will be up to the Madden Challenge.  I was lucky enough to see first-hand the desire and fire that he possesses.  When I talked to him at the Heisman Trophy presentation in December of 2005, he was majorly fired up about not winning an award he thought he deserved.  He took his passion out in the Rose Bowl against USC and led Texas to monumental victory and a National Championship.  Young then brought a "chip on his shoulder" into the NFL arising from questions during  the draft process (Wonderlic, Throwing Style, etc) and teams  passing on him (3rd Overall Pick).  He took that fire and became the first rookie quarterback to go to a NFL Pro Bowl after starting 11 games for the Titans.  He finished his great rookie year with an 8-3 record as a starter and passed for 2199 yards w/ 12 TD's.  He also ran for 552 yards  w/ 7 TD's, which was the first time a rookie quarterback in NFL history had exceed 500 rushing yards.

-- Submitted by Lloyd Vance



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