#9: Madden 2001

Sorry but this is the only Madden game on the list. And I’m not talking about Madden ’01 for Playstation 2, I’m talking about Madden for N64. To be honest, I’m not the biggest Madden fan. When I’m playing a sports video game, I need a fast paced game. Madden is the complete opposite. But Madden 2001 was a fantastic game. In the fall of 6th grade, I must have played Madden four times a week. Even though the graphics don’t compare to the recent Madden’s, it was easy to operate. Plus, the Giants were unreal in the game (it was the year they went to the Super Bowl and lost to the Ravens). With Ron Dayne and Tiki Barber in the backfield, along with Kerry Collins as the QB, the Giants’ offense was unstoppable. It was also the last game Pat Summerall ever announced. Nothing wrong with Al Michaels and Gus Johnson, but Summerall was classic. “The pass…complete… touchdown!” It was absolute poetry. So I know you guys will probably disagree with me on this one, but I have no doubt this is the best Madden game.

Madden 2001 for N64 was the Easiest Madden Game to Operate

Let’s also remember that this was one of only two Madden covers in the past decade that wasn’t part of the “Madden Curse.” In 2000, Eddie George ran for over 1,500 yards and rushed for 14 touchdowns. After this game, the next three players on the covers were badly cursed -Culpepper in ’02, Faulk in ’03, and Vick in ’04. In ’05, Madden decided to go with a defensive player to end the curse with Ray Lewis, but in 2006 the curse returned with a McNabb season-ending injury. And the curse lives on – just check out the covers since ’06. True story.

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