We are what we play.
Given the inflated Techmo Bowl statistics that offenses compile in twenty-first century football, it’s unsurprising that some of the game’s most potent scoring weapons spend their time away from the game playing games. Specifically, the various incarnations of the Madden video game juggernaut can be glimpsed on screens in locker rooms and player man caves.
Fans in the upper deck may debate Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. For fans of the Xbox, there is no debate: Michael Vick reigns as the greatest video game football quarterback in history.
EA Sports held a twenty-fifth anniversary party of sorts for their best-known sports offering last night in New York City. As the presence of Marshall Faulk, Michael Vick, and Cam Newton attested, some of the biggest fans of the game are players of the game.
With the NFL subculture of gaming in mind, I asked Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin about his interest in video games as a form of off-field relaxation and the names of some of his favorite digital pursuits. As the Stanford alum’s answer suggests, the man’s got game…