For the first time in 30 years, the booming voice of
"I don't know how I'm going to watch them all," he said. "But I'm going to try."
I caught up with Madden this week to discuss his plans for the upcoming season, his thoughts on the popularity of his video game series and if he might pull a
My idea was that I wanted it to be a teaching tool. He believed that computers were going to be a big thing, and you have to remember we first talked damn near 30 years ago, so I didn't know. He had gone to Harvard and made up his own major -- computer games -- so I figured this guy has to be a computer genius so I'll hook up with him. I was teaching an extension class at the University of California at the time, just a Football for Fans course. I had made up a book and film and I was thinking this computer will be another teaching tool for me. That's it. That was my idea. I thought high schools could use it to teach football and then if we got advanced enough maybe in college and in the pros. His idea was a computer game and my idea was a teaching tool, so we married the two and came up with the game that came out.
One of my grandsons is 5 years old and he's playing the Wii, so I love watching him play and get into it. The game is still playable for a 5-year-old to get started in football. I also have a 45-year-old son who I watch play against him, so it still works for all ages.