While baseball has long been considered the American Pastime, football has made the full-fledged transformation into America’s Game.
As the game has grown in popularity, millions have flocked to get a glimpse of games from Thursdays through Mondays.
How about the Redskins-Cowboys Week 17 do-or-die game that drew record numbers from the Sunday Night Football slot, the league has a network dedicated exclusively to league content 24/7, 365, and one of the greatest video game franchises that has transitioned from generation to generation of video game consoles as evidence of the game’s rise.
That’s right folks, the timeless gaming classic named after one of the greatest football minds in history, Madden, has captured countless hours of gaming fun and even the occasional frustration from living rooms across the globe.
No vote would be complete in the month of March without a bracket, and with 25 years of players to choose from to be on the cover, there are 64 players that could receive the prestigious honor.
Find out which Redskins players could grace the cover of Madden 25 here:
The bracket has been broken down into two different eras, “old school” and “new school” as the Redskins have a representative for each era.
First up representing the Washington Redskins from the University of Miami, two-time Pro Bowler and one of the most beloved players of all-time, running back Clinton Portis.
Portis is a 12th seed and will be matched up again a fellow former Pro Bowl running back, Indianapolis Colts/St. Louis Rams great Marshall Faulk.
Faulk burst onto the season as a rookie in 1994 to the tune of 1,282 yards, 4.1 yards per carry, and 14 touchdowns. It was considered one of the greatest performances on the ground in league history by a rookie, however, Portis’s debut campaign seven years later was one for the record books.
Portis didn’t find himself in the Broncos starting lineup, under then head coach Mike Shanahan, until Week 5 and thrived under his expanded role.
He would muster an incredible 1,508 yards in his rookie season to an average on 5.5 yards per carry and 15 touchdowns along with an additional 364 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns; putting opponents on notice that he was going to be a lethal threat for years to come.
In 2004, Portis traded in his Bronco blue jersey for a better looking Burgundy and Gold outfit. It’s safe to say the change of scenery had no effect on Portis, as on his first ever carry for the Redskins he torched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 64 yard touchdown and would finish the season with over 1,300 yards on the ground.
In seven seasons in the DMV, Portis rushed for 6,824 yards and 46 touchdowns in only 84 games.
For his career, Faulk had 12,279 yards and 100 touchdowns to Portis’s 9,923 yards and 75 touchdowns. While those numbers tilt in favor of Faulk, you do need to factor in the number of games played by each. Faulk appeared in 176 career games while Portis had only 113 games in the NFL.
If Portis had played the same number of games as Faulk, we are certain that he would have passed Faulk’s 100 touchdowns and join him along with seven other men including former Redskins John Riggins and Shaun Alexander in the exclusive club.
In the “new school” portion of the bracket, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is a number one seed going against fellow 2012 first-round selection Ryan Tannehill.
While we could spent the next few paragraphs highlighting Griffin III’s remarkable transition to the NFL, instead, just watch this video above as an endorsement for number 10’s campaign.
While Tannehill was phenomenal in his new home in Florida, he did not lead his team to the playoffs, win AP Rookie of the Year, or lead the league in jersey sales.
Griffin also has some experience being on the cover of a game. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner graced the cover of NCAA Football 13 in his Baylor digs. I wonder if Portis and Griffin III could be on the cover together?
To vote for Portis and Griffin III, click on the link here.
Hail to the Redskins!
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