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Tebowing will invade Madden 13

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We still don’t believe that there’s a Madden curse.  But it could be that the makers of the game are hoping to avoid a Madden plague.

Via Kotaku.com, Michael Young, the creative director of the Madden game, has disclosed via Twitter that the new version of the popular (in large part because it’s the only) NFL-licensed console video game will include Tebowing.

It’s unknown whether it’s a celebration that will be reserved for Jets backup quarterback/personal punt protector Tim Tebow, or whether there will be a “Tebowing” button that would allow any player to take a knee in prayer after something good happens.

Given that Tebow’s technicolor dream team of lawyers has threatened to sue the makers of a T-shirt that makes no reference to Tebow whatsoever, here’s hoping that the folks at EA have received the appropriate blessings to borrow his trademark move.

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86 Responses to “Tebowing will invade Madden 13”
  1. lolb23 says: May 20, 2012 7:49 PM

    As long as they fix the super 20 foot jumping LB’s, I don’t care.

  2. yelix says: May 20, 2012 7:50 PM

    I never saw that picture of all the Chiefs player Tebowing. That’s pretty good.

  3. xstaticonradio says: May 20, 2012 7:50 PM

    Oh come on, really?

  4. khmer379 says: May 20, 2012 7:51 PM

    Lol definitely going to be the best Madden in recent memories

  5. nyyjetsknicks says: May 20, 2012 7:52 PM

    So that’s the one update they decided to do this year?

  6. mjbulls45 says: May 20, 2012 7:52 PM

    madden 4 life

  7. kilo0986 says: May 20, 2012 7:52 PM

    …. no…

  8. seahawksfan25 says: May 20, 2012 7:53 PM

    Oh no, please just have it for Teebow. I will hate to see Marshawn lynch teebowing after a beast mode run

  9. mikebe1 says: May 20, 2012 7:55 PM

    Tebow trademarked a prayer?

  10. eaglesnoles05 says: May 20, 2012 7:56 PM

    Ok, now, on May 20th, the top 2 stories on PFT are about tebow, and there’s a video link with his smirking mug next on the right margin. Enough. Eeee-nuffffffff!

  11. skoobyfl says: May 20, 2012 7:58 PM

    To even mention that one guy prayers are a new event to football are heresy in itself. TT wasn’t the first man to pray, nor will he be the last.

  12. musabucks says: May 20, 2012 7:58 PM

    Did they add a virtual Skip Bayless running around kissing Tebow’s ass?

  13. jmclarkent says: May 20, 2012 7:58 PM

    I wonder if they mean that they will add “wildly erratic passing and an inability to read a defense”.

  14. walkingtalking1 says: May 20, 2012 7:59 PM

    I hope they put in a hand of god upgrade too. I’d love to see a bolt of lightning come down on some facemasking sinner!

  15. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 20, 2012 8:07 PM

    I’ve never hated a man so much…for doing so little.

  16. realnflmaster says: May 20, 2012 8:08 PM

    Tebow should have been on the cover. He will be in Madden 14 when the JETS win the title this year. and next.

  17. maxbelmont says: May 20, 2012 8:08 PM

    Remember the days when “Tebowing” in the endzone was a penalty?

  18. jbl429 says: May 20, 2012 8:08 PM

    Madden is licensed by the NFLPA. If Tebow Tebows on an NFL field, he can do it in Madden.

  19. johnnyjagfan says: May 20, 2012 8:09 PM

    How big of a gimme is the 4th and 2 punt if your the Jets and fake with the direct snap to Tebow? You know the programmers are going to make him Superman from that spot.

  20. thegreatgabbert says: May 20, 2012 8:10 PM

    Hopefully Antwan Randle El doesn’t find Jesus. Then we’d have Elbowing. Which is a two minute penalty.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: May 20, 2012 8:11 PM

    Remember, Tebowing while you’re driving can lead to T-Boning.

  22. shotgunnaz says: May 20, 2012 8:14 PM

    Ok, this is ridiculous. If a QB throws a td, he is not going to do the B.J. Raji shuffle or the A Rodge discount double check, be will do his signature dance or celebration. If they actually have “tebowing”, if has to be a team against the Jets, Tebow himself, or anyone who has mocked Tebow by doing this during a game last season. This should not be a button to be abused by every single person but as an atribute towards a player or players.
    BTW, I hate “Tebowing”, and it makes me wonder if any Denver fan will ever Tebow again.

  23. enochmh2 says: May 20, 2012 8:15 PM

    smh more tebow related news…

  24. jason49er says: May 20, 2012 8:17 PM

    If it’s in the game, it’s in the game.

  25. rhone16 says: May 20, 2012 8:19 PM

    Dear EA: Just because it’s in the game doesn’t mean it really needs to be in the game.

  26. greenbay954 says: May 20, 2012 8:19 PM

    i agree wit u lolB23 Lb’s jump way to high and online game play sucks to many people cheat

  27. johnnyb216 says: May 20, 2012 8:19 PM

    I’ve said it before, I’ll never pay $60 for updated rosters. This game has been more of the same year after year for 7 years running and I don’t consider tebowing to be a change significant enough to bring me back.

  28. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 20, 2012 8:20 PM

    I wonder if I can trademark my:
    “I secretly pray for the Lord to send me a good Defense.” T-shirt?

  29. deathmonkey41 says: May 20, 2012 8:21 PM

    In addition to the plays that Tebow runs, there is also a mode where you have to convince the press and religious wackos that he is straight.

  30. raynman49 says: May 20, 2012 8:22 PM

    You’ve gotta be kidding! Enough is enough.

  31. raidadon says: May 20, 2012 8:23 PM

    Didn’t Hue Jackson take that pose at the end of the Texans game in honor of Al Davis? That was prior to Tebow takin the field. So all Of this is a homage to Coach Al.

  32. amgdds says: May 20, 2012 8:25 PM

    Tebowing! Awesome. Now if they could just make the game
    fun to play.

  33. phillyphan83 says: May 20, 2012 8:30 PM

    another reason to reaffirm my decision to leave this franchise behind for the last 3 years. Madden used to be my go to game from ’95-’08. Its sad what has happened to this game. The devs think they’ve made it more realistic when, in reality, its moved further from it every year.

  34. daaabears says: May 20, 2012 8:31 PM

    Why not add Greg Williams doling out money on the sidelines after a player gets knocked out of the game too.

  35. SilentMajority says: May 20, 2012 8:32 PM

    What Madden really needs is competition. This game hasn’t changed much since they got exclusive video game rights.

    Every year they release a new Madden game and what is new other than an updated roster? Not enough to justify $70 that’s for sure!

  36. scytherius says: May 20, 2012 8:33 PM

    And here I thought they only used football players in Madden.

  37. houseofbacon says: May 20, 2012 8:35 PM

    lolb23 says:
    May 20, 2012 7:49 PM
    As long as they fix the super 20 foot jumping LB’s, I don’t care.

    ———————————————–

    They did, check out the EA Sports Dev Blog. Fixed it in NCAA too.

  38. jtchernak says: May 20, 2012 8:38 PM

    Madden is going to suck this year they never focus on gameplay but Greenbay954 you should do online franchise they get addicting if u play with buddies I got to year 7 32 users

  39. 6ball says: May 20, 2012 8:39 PM

    .

    Could we get a brief reading from the Torah too?

    .

  40. demoderbydoug says: May 20, 2012 8:43 PM

    How about instead of adding this stupid stuff they do more testing so when they pass an update it doesn’t prevent the game from actually loading. Good thing they bought out their competitors our else they would have been buried by now.

  41. seanhawk80 says: May 20, 2012 8:47 PM

    Separation of church and Sega.

  42. dryzzt23 says: May 20, 2012 8:48 PM

    None of the “diva” WRs, or other felons in the NFL should be allowed to ‘Tebow”.

    This means:

    Mike Vick, Jerome Simpson, Ray Lewis, any Cincinnati Bengal, etc.

  43. Spencer says: May 20, 2012 9:01 PM

    Tebow is excited, blessed, and humbled by this development.

  44. swagjag says: May 20, 2012 9:02 PM

    If they are going to include Tebowing, they should also include the ability to make Tebow cry like a baby when he loses a big game.

  45. maximusprime107 says: May 20, 2012 9:06 PM

    To everyone saying madden is the same game year after year is ignorant and sucks at the game. If you can’t tell the differences in gameplay then i feel sorry for you. Sure, it has quite a bit of faults that never really get addressed, but that’s because they have no competition. There are definitely differences in each game

  46. iced107 says: May 20, 2012 9:07 PM

    What would be even more hilarious is if Tebow has a higher overall and passing rating than Sanchez

  47. buddybowl69 says: May 20, 2012 9:12 PM

    To make it more realistic, everytime a player runs out of bounds on the opposing side, have something happen to them.

    Lyons sideline: they get beaten up.
    Cowboys sideline: they’re offered drugs for sale.
    Jets sideline: they get mugged.
    Raiders sideline: they get stabbed. (could also work for Ravens sideline)

    Well, you get the idea. More realistic.

  48. rjkilla says: May 20, 2012 9:12 PM

    any player on my franchise caught tebowing will be cut/traded immediately

  49. khmer379 says: May 20, 2012 9:19 PM

    If you dont like the game dont buy it! It that simple nobody wanna hear you bitch n whine about it

  50. hyzers says: May 20, 2012 9:29 PM

    If Tebow does it, Tulloch better damn be able to do it as well.

  51. joshmelder says: May 20, 2012 9:35 PM

    You really cannot get over tebow can you?

  52. skolvikesskol says: May 20, 2012 9:44 PM

    I wish this delta bravo was on the cover….

  53. johnnyb216 says: May 20, 2012 9:49 PM

    I also hope Denver falls flat on their faces this year. Hate elway the GM. Really hope tebow makes him regret trading him.

  54. hedleykow says: May 20, 2012 10:03 PM

    What’s up with the Chiefs? Looks like they are attempting to do a team fart.

  55. marke122 says: May 20, 2012 10:06 PM

    What About Bradying, which consists of losing superbowl to the Giants and then pouting and refusing to get off the field.

  56. saintsfan26 says: May 20, 2012 10:21 PM

    Yeah they should have Goodell in there also making false allegations and suspending innocent players and coaches.

  57. vikingsinla says: May 20, 2012 10:23 PM

    Meh. Let me know when we can customize the bible chapter/verse of our players’ eyeblack. John 3:16 is so gauche.

  58. raiderinva says: May 20, 2012 10:29 PM

    raidadon says: May 20, 2012 8:23 PM

    Didn’t Hue Jackson take that pose at the end of the Texans game in honor of Al Davis? That was prior to Tebow takin the field. So all Of this is a homage to Coach Al.

    ……………………………………………………………..

    As much as I am a Raider fan, and as much as I also hate Tebow so much …… for doing so little as well.

    I believe that Tebow was doing this at Florida well before the NFL, before Hue was a thought in silver and black, and before Alabama put his Moms cell phone number on a T-shirt.

    The honest truth is that Denver sacrificed a virgin in an attempt to win the AFC West and a shot at a Lombardi. Twenty years ago Big Al was doing the same thing.

  59. rajbais says: May 20, 2012 10:30 PM

    If Tebow is playing against the Pats and/or Bills, I will root REALLY hard for the Jets to lose!!!

    Why??

    Because Tebowing has to stop!!!!!!

  60. timmatimmatimma says: May 20, 2012 10:34 PM

    If a bear Tebow’s in the woods and no one is around to see it…

  61. kyledunivan says: May 20, 2012 10:49 PM

    This is getting ridiculous with this guy he is about the most overrated player in the league right now next to his own teammate mark sanchez the guy is pure luck and will never win a super bowl please stop giving him so much credit

  62. tdk24 says: May 20, 2012 11:35 PM

    Tebow may just be the anti-christ.

  63. calizcowboyz says: May 20, 2012 11:59 PM

    since when did getting down on bending knees = tebowing?????

    i thought it was just praising & giving thanks to the Lord Our Savior.

    this has been going on for over 6000 years, and to football players since the beginning of sports.

    but now it is coined tebowing?????

    time to move forward EVERYONE! This ritual is older then 24 year old timmy!

  64. asiantaliban says: May 21, 2012 12:19 AM

    Last time I checked the broncos defense got raped by the lions, and by buffalo bill. Haters gonna keep on hating.

  65. smitty4life says: May 21, 2012 12:24 AM

    Dont get me wrong tebow is decent but for ea to put tebowing in the effing game before fixing franchise is dumb. lets put family play n other worthless things in a game and sell it for 60 bucks. great job america

  66. dryzzt23 says: May 21, 2012 12:36 AM

    THE most overrated player in the NFL is Mike Vick, not Tim Tebow

  67. discosucs2005 says: May 21, 2012 12:40 AM

    “As long as they fix the super 20 foot jumping LB’s, I don’t care.”

    So many interceptions on passes to a seemingly wide open TE.

  68. burntorangehorn says: May 21, 2012 1:46 AM

    Why is this called “Tebowing” anyway? I’ve seen plenty of other players pull that little stunt. Let’s flag it for unsportsmanlike conduct every time, please. It’s at least as appropriate as flagging an endzone dance.

  69. chitownbears says: May 21, 2012 1:55 AM

    Didn’t Plaxico Burress get down on a knee after his game winning catch in the Super Bowl to end the Pat’s perfect record?? It should be called ‘Plaxicing’ because he did it on the biggest stage and after the biggest moment of one of the most memorable games in the history of the league!!

  70. saintsfan26 says: May 21, 2012 2:32 AM

    My honest opinion about Tebow is that he is a terrible qb. Maybe the worst i have ever seen. Denver’s defense was outstanding last year. I said last year that Tebow will not even be a starter on any NFL team this year. He really is that bad. Terrible fundamentals in the passing aspect of the qb position. The way he runs it is going to get him destroyed. You can only have count on luck for so long.. Tebow had luck with a great defense bailing him out alot of times. Sanchez is a better qb. Tebow will just cause more un needed drama in the locker room, as if Rex and his big mouth dont have enough drama.

  71. eeerockski says: May 21, 2012 3:49 AM

    that helps explain what ea is doing with their development time since they sure as heck arent dedicating it to creating a playable football game. the game is virtually unplayable and has been ever since they started trying to make a “next gen” version. if only they didnt have the ability to hold us hostage every year with another slapped together version of foozball. scrap the whole thing and start over ea cause a polished turd is still a freaking turd!

  72. smitty4life says: May 21, 2012 5:17 AM

    Ea needs to fix franchise instead of adding dumv stuff like tebowing. ridiuculous that pay our money on the same garbage

  73. nokoolaidcowboy says: May 21, 2012 7:08 AM

    I’d like to see the occasional helmet pop off the players head after a hard hit.

    Injuries occurring before games, i.e. practice. So that come game time you have to make unexpected changes to the line up.

    Occasionally muffed FG attempts to add more drama instead of always nailing them.

    …just to name a few.

  74. bigwalt2990 says: May 21, 2012 7:21 AM

    Just dont call it Tebowing…..because it’s not. It wasnt Tebowing in the 2000’s, it wasn’t Tebowing in the 90’s or the 80’s. Why is it Tebowing now? Because? Looks like kneeling and/or praying to me…unless Tebow owns the rights to praying.

  75. DonRSD says: May 21, 2012 7:22 AM

    1 1/2 more years until that exclusive contract runs out.
    Hopefully NFL 2k comes back.

  76. oriolesvsravens says: May 21, 2012 7:31 AM

    Madden has been a joke for awhile. They bought the rights to use NFL rosters so they can do whatever they want to their game and still sell millions of copies because it’s the only thing available. Haven’t played it since 10 and that didn’t last long.

  77. tatatoothy says: May 21, 2012 8:10 AM

    Although I was once a fan of #15, the hoopla around this guy is making it very difficult to stay focused on him as a player.

  78. sudz28 says: May 21, 2012 8:12 AM

    Just one more reason to NOT buy Madden.

  79. mrgdawg says: May 21, 2012 8:13 AM

    Why show the Chiefs in a team prayer for this article? Would it not make more sense to show Tim Tbag ?

  80. Patskrieg dot com says: May 21, 2012 8:59 AM

    I haven’t bought a Madden game in 3 or 4 years now because EA is more concerned with adding stupid nonsense like this instead of fixing their crappy gameplay one iota.

    Thanks again EA for the yearly reminder that you don’t care anything about football or videogames.

  81. GG Eden says: May 21, 2012 9:07 AM

    NFL players have been doing that prayer pose for many decades. I can remember WRs doing it in the endzone in the 90s, 80s, 70s.

  82. smauricio13 says: May 21, 2012 9:52 AM

    I don’t care about “Tebowing”, i do care is when this game will come out for PC!

  83. havok82 says: May 21, 2012 9:59 AM

    “As long as they fix the super 20 foot jumping LB’s, I don’t care.”

    I second this, Lolb23. Same goes for NCAA football.

    While they are at it, how about making play action work? It seems like every time I pick a play action pass, my QB is sacked or nearly sacked. The LB thing got me to trade the game in within a few weeks. I was tired of trying to throw over the middle only to have a 70 in vertical leap LB make a play on the ball.

  84. chrisjohnston10 says: May 21, 2012 10:41 AM

    They need to include Bradying. That will make me less pissed off when I throw an interception.

  85. burntorangehorn says: May 21, 2012 11:29 AM

    EA also announced a new rating for both players and coaches: ethics. This rating, depending on whether it’s high or low, will determine whether the players and coaches put their money into charity golf tournaments or bounty pools.

  86. eeerockski says: May 21, 2012 12:48 PM

    i dont understand how anybody can defend ea on the quality of their recent madden games. when the old ps2 versions are still better than the newest versions, theres something seriously wrong. the main draw every year is the updated rosters, and that has nothing to do with development of the game. just because the only football game you know is on a ps3 or 360, doesnt mean you know what makes a good football game.

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