The Top Video Game Lions of All-Time

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Madden 11 will be released soon and so that got me thinking about all the football video games I have played over the years. Since I almost always played as the Lions I started the way-back machine and tried to remember the greatest video game Lions I had come across over the years. With a little help from Matt, my brother and frequent opponent, I put together a list of the Top Five Video Game Lions of All-Time.

I will admit to not having played every football game out there so my list could create plenty of debate. Some of the selections are based on player ratings while other are because of play preferences. Whatever the reason for their selection, these five deserve some sort of recognition. Read through the list and let me know what you think, especially if you can make your case for someone that wasn’t mentioned.

Before we get to the top 5, we begin with one curious case that I always wondered about:

Dishonorable Mention: Stephen Boyd – Madden 64

The Madden franchise’s first foray into the Nintendo 64 world did not go as well as hoped. The game lacked the license for team names and logos but it did at least have (mostly) accurate rosters.

The logo-less athletes were left to be identified by their name, number, and general physical appearance. That was enough for most players with the notable exception of Stephen Boyd.

The crew at EA Sports somehow failed to correctly digitize Boyd as a caucasian. If this was some sort of attempt to classify the NFL as colorblind it certainly was an odd way to do it. Don’t worry, it starts getting better from here…

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  • Adam

    In Prime Time Football ’95 for Sega Genesis, there were a handful of players throughout the game who were way faster than any other player in the game. It didn’t matter what their speed rating was, in actual gameplay they just ran away from everyone else. Mel Gray was one of those players. He was listed as a halfback and only rated like a 57–one of the worst players on the roster. But, he could run away from every defender on the field.

    Does anyone else remember this? I remember my buddy and I went through and fielded an offense of these players that were faster than everyone and no one could touch them.

    • Zac Snyder

      Classic example of the shortcomings of those early football video games. Find a quirk and exploit it!

  • OneFiver

    Jerry Ball was pretty darn good in Techmo Super Bowl. If the QB was under center and it was a pass play, you could get a sack about 95% of the time with him: a quick step down and tap the buttons like crazy while pushing towards the QB – Ball would dive around the center and nail the QB. Money.

    • Zac Snyder

      Thanks for the comment, I like hearing how others used various players. Michael Cofer was my guy on defense in Tecmo Super Bowl. He was especially good at blocking kicks.

  • Richard Lawler

    Mel gray STAYED beasting in madden, switch him in at wide receiver and watch him outrun everyone.

  • ep3

    actually you could select Mel Gray. He was faster than Barry.

  • The Legend

    All Barry, all day long. I loved Barry Sanders in Tecmo Super Bowl. As it looks like many others did. The sheer awesomeness that he represented made us ban the Lions from selection in any two player matchups and we only played the computer with him.

    • Zac Snyder

      Barry was an easy choice for number 1 in this list. He probably could make a top 5 list of football players overall in video games. Some of the guys in the original Tecmo Bowl may edge him out for the number 1 spot on that list, however.

  • sean coulter

    OMG u brought back some awesome memories with madden 95, i also remember number 56 pat swilling was a beast at linebacker, and u can never forget, the infamous mel gray, on any kick or punt return, and brett perriman was clutch, on the left side. Oh and i smiled when i read this :D. THank u so much.