The birthday of John Madden, and the evolution of the Madden video game

The birthday of John Madden, and the evolution of the Madden video game

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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)