On Tuesday night, the iconic Madden video game franchise announced its first-ever class of Ring of Honor inductees.
Madden’s Ring of Honor now includes the following Pro Football Hall of Famers: running back Barry Sanders, running back Deion Sanders, wide receiver Randy Moss, linebacker Lawrence Taylor, and tight end Tony Gonzalez.
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The Ring of Honor announcement from Madden comes as the franchise finds itself in a tenuous position, as the most recent edition of the game, Madden 23, was another addition to a long line of widely-reviled Madden titles in recent years.
As a result of the waning quality of the Madden series, reports indicate that EA Sports now sees Madden 24 as a “make or break” game in the franchise.
It appears the company has realized it can no longer simply rely on the goodwill it’s steadily eroded since Madden hit its peak in the mid-2000s, as it’s hoping to redeem itself in the wake of a snafu involving the widespread corruption of Franchise Mode files by focusing on offline and single-player features that have been neglected in favor of the much more lucrative Ultimate Team.
When it comes to their Ring of Honor, however, there’s no denying that EA Sports got this one right, as the five first-year inductees are all some of the most iconic players in the history of the National Football League.
What’s certainly noteworthy, though, is the lack of quarterbacks in the Ring of Honor class. Perhaps Madden considered Tom Brady to be too recently retired to include him. Still, what about Peyton Manning?
Madden’s first Ring of Honor class seems to be highlighting players from the 1990s and early 2000s, which would certainly qualify the Hall of Fame signal-caller, who won two Super Bowls and a record-setting five MVP awards during his 18-year career.
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