As the Super Bowl nears, Guinness World Records is sharing some interesting football tidbits from its Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition.
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The Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.
See below for some video game football records, via Guinness World Records:
Highest Margin of Victory on Madden NFL 11: The greatest margin of victory on Madden NFL 2011 is 128, by Robert Platek in Rye, New York, USA, on April 10, 2013.
Biggest Blowout on Madden Arcade: Jeffrey M Widzinski scored a stunning 35-point victory over a rookie AI on Madden NFL Arcade (EA Tiburon, 2009) on April 21, 2012.
Most Madden Bowl Video Game Tournament Wins: The highest number of Madden Bowl victories (an annual elimination tournament using the latest version of Madden NFL) is two, a record held jointly by four professional football players. Former Washington Redskins running back Reggie Brooks won the title in 1995 and 1996, Jacquez Green, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, won it in 2001 and 2002, Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney won in 2003 and 2004, while Buccaneers tight end Alex Smith, won the title in 2006 and 2007.
Biggest Prize for an Online Madden Tournament: The biggest open-to-all Madden videogame tournament is the EA Sports Madden Challenge, which had a first prize worth $50,000 in 2009. Eric Wright won the event, which was his second Madden Challenge win in a row. Competitors qualified for the finals of the competition via local tournaments in 18 cities across three countries or via online tournaments on Xbox Live. The winner receives a $25,000 check and a voucher for $25,000 for retailer Best Buy.
First Rookie Team to Win the Madden Bowl: On February 2, 2013, former Florida State quarterback E J Manuel former Oregon running-back Kenjon Barner and former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson made up the first rookie team to win the Madden Bowl in the 19-year history of the videogame tournament.
First Female Winner of the Madden Bowl Video Game Tournament: The first Madden Bowl took place in 1995. Held every year during the Super Bowl weekend, it features some of the NFL’s top athletes battling it out on the virtual playing field. In February 2011, for Madden Bowl XVII, the competitors used Online Team Play to form groups of three. Among the winning trio was TV presenter Maria Menounos, who triumphed alongside San Francisco 49er Patrick Willis and then Cincinnati Bengal Chad Ochocinco. After over 15 years of the competition, Maria became the first woman to lift the trophy!
First Team on Consecutive Madden NFL Covers: When Barry Sanders became the cover star of Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, 2013), he secured a double coup for the Detroit Lions. The team’s wide receiver Calvin Johnson Jr had appeared on the cover of Madden NFL 13 (EA Sports, 2012). This marked the first time that the same team or its players had secured consecutive NFL covers.
First American Football Game for Kinect: Being able to yell at players no longer needed to be confined to a stadium after Madden NFL 13 (EA Sports) released on 28 August 28, 2012 became the first American football game to support the Xbox 360 Kinect device.
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