John Madden turns 78 years old today – yes, that Madden, of the video game whose annual release has become a national holiday.
Of course, previous generations knew him as a Super Bowl winning coach, as half of the broadcast team with Pat Summerall, and as a … well, aggressive beer salesman.
For the rest of you who grew up on his game – a game that changed the game – celebrate Madden’s birthday by checking out this EA Sports video from last summer, tracking how Madden has evolved since its first release in 1988.
Trust us. It’s worth 5 1/2 minutes of your time.
(In case you’re wondering: no, the release date for Madden 15 has not been announced, and the player on the cover hasn’t, either. Here are all the past covers: http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl/museum-exhibit)