With the release of EA Sports’ NCAA Football 14, gamers have their first opportunity to immerse themselves in the popular card collecting Ultimate Team mode with some of college football’s all-time greats. The inclusion of Ultimate Team mode in NCAA Football 14 allows college football fans to assemble a roster from over 1400 of the game’s greatest players.
Gamers can play against the CPU in solo challenges, or go head-to-head online in Seasons Mode. By collecting “coins”, players can help build their own powerhouse lineups, comprised of greats like Desmond Howard, Doug Flutie, and Eddie George.
ESPN and EA Sports asked fans to vote on the #UltimateTeam of the last 25 years, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers emerged victorious on the strength of their back-to-back National Championships of the 1990s. As a part of the celebration of the great Cornhuskers teams, Tommie Frazier has been included as a playable character in NCAA Football 14‘s Ultimate Team Mode. Frazier is best remembered for leading the 1994 and 1995 Cornhuskers teams to back-to-back National Championships. Frazier’s 75-yard run versus the Florida Gators in the 1996 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is still considered one of the greatest plays in college football history.
EA Sports is giving away a Tommie Frazier card to anyone who logs into NCAA Football 14’s Ultimate Team mode from Friday, August 16 to Thursday, August 22. Frazier lent Franchise Mode a few minutes of his time to discuss all things NCAA Football 14.
Franchise Mode: How much of a role did you play in bringing Nebraska fans out to vote on EA Sports’ #UltimateTeam?
Tommie Frazier: I didn’t really have to play an active role in that because the fans of Nebraska are going to do what’s right. They were always going to go out and support their program and the University of Nebraska. I don’t think any former players had to do much lobbying. If you know the true passion of fans of the Nebraska football program, then you know that anytime they have a chance to go out and support the football program, then they’re going to do it.
FM: Do you play the NCAA Football games?
TF: I have a ten-year old son and we play video games quite a bit around here.
FM: Eddie George revealed a year ago that he loved to play the game as himself, but put himself on SMU rather than Ohio State. When you play, do you put yourself on any other program than Nebraska?
TF: Of course I’m Nebraska at heart, but being able to play with the likes of Bo Jackson or Barry Sanders, or even playing with Ndamukong Suh, a guy that played ten years or so behind me, you want to see how you pan out with that. Even playing with other teams, that’s the fun thing about these games. You can have a lot of fun with it.
FM: But you don’t put Tommie Frazier in a different uniform?
TF: I won’t play as myself. The one thing I don’t want to do is see myself get hurt again. That’s the one rule I have, I won’t play as myself, but I’ll play against myself.
FM: One aspect of the series that was completely overhauled this year was the option game. Given the way you played the game, and the rise of mobile quarterbacks in the NFL today, are you surprised by the popularity of the wide open game?
TF: Eventually it was going to happen because with the defensive linemen and the defensive players have become way too fast to have your traditional five step drop quarterback play that game and be effective at it. Fortunately, a lot more mobile quarterbacks have made it in the NFL. You can thank college football for that.
FM: The NCAA Football series and EA Sports are in the news for some legal reasons related to player likeness right now, does it give you any extras sense of accomplishment by being included in a video game nearly 20-years after you last played?
TF: It does. It shows that what I did in college, people still want to recognize it, and they want that likeness or image of me. It could be worse where, you played the game, and no one knows anything about you. People still call me one of the best ever to play the game, and for me to be a part of that [video game], it’s an honor. I’m very appreciative of that.